In ‘This Week in Cannabis’ we want to help you uncover leading cannabis news, industry insights, scientific discoveries and more. Our hope is to help educate the greater public on the many uphill battles we still need to achieve prior to legalization. There are still a lot of laws, regulations and problems that cannabis companies and consumers are faced with.

This Week in Cannabis: June 1st-June 6th, 2020

This week in cannabis was full of interesting findings. From producing CBD in orange peels to studying the financial benefits of hemp for farmers, breakthroughs of all sorts are being made.

In California, Cannabis Testing Is Not Always What It Seems…

Before getting to the good stuff, though, here’s a word of caution, courtesy of cannabis industry veterans Beard Bros Pharms. According to them, the state of California is allowing labs to slowly phase in their ISO/IEC accreditation…like, really slowly. And “not all [cannabis] labs here in California make the scope of their ISO/IEC accreditation available to the public,” Beard Bros warns. 

Variances in testing sophistication make things even worse. That’s because different labs have different LOD’s (limits of detection) on what amounts of a substance they can test for. Some cannabis manufacturers seem to be flocking to labs with the highest LOD’s, not the lowest, in order to get the clean lab tests ther’re after.

Full Spectrum Orange Peels?

Japanese company Hiro International is reported to have made quite the breakthrough: They’ve derived CBD from orange peels! If you’re wondering why one would want to do this, it’s because orange-derived CBD is entirely free from THC—and therefore entirely legal in places with harsher cannabis restrictions. 

“With Orange CBD, you get the same ingredient, same effects and there’s no danger in terms of legality. It also provides a different story about CBD for the consumer that sounds better than being derived from the marijuana plant,” company spokesperson Ryousuke Koseki told CBD Wire.

Study Shows Connecticut Hemp Farmers Could Earn Up To $12,000 Per Acre

Have you ever wondered how profitable hemp farming really is? According to a comprehensive study from the University of Connecticut’s Agricultural College, the answer is quite profitable. 

Producing an acre of hemp costs just over $19,000, researchers found, though only one-third of this expense is fixed. That acre of hemp can then be sold for $22,500, leading to a minimum profit of three grand per acre and a maximum profit of 12 grand per acre if things really go right. 

Epidiolex Can Now Be Prescribed Off-Label

Technically, this one happened in April—but it should continue to impact physicians and families well into the future.  Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals’ flagship CBD drug, can now be prescribed freely without any DEA scrutiny. 

“This decision is a lightning bolt of sanity,” said Project CBD director Martin A. Lee, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “De-scheduling the drug will allow it to be prescribed off label.” 

It remains to be seen if this decision will also make Epidiolex, which currently costs up to $32,000 per year for those without insurance, any cheaper. 

Courts Decide CBD Is Legal After All

Even after the passage of 2018’s pro-hemp Federal Farm Bill, CBD’s legality remains in question for some. Thankfully, a federal court in California just ruled in favor of CBD company Elixinol, who argued that CBD remains in such a “state of flux” that it can’t be considered illegal…not even by the FDA. Seems logical enough.

Will this positive result further cement CBD’s legality nationwide? We hope so.

To Sum Things Up…

All in all, this was a good week for cannabis. Legal progress continues in the U.S., and even in areas where cannabis isn’t quite so legal, like Japan, creative companies are finding other ways to get their CBD. If hemp farmers are up for the task—and if testing labs can just get their ISO certification already—then the industry should be good to go!


In ‘This Week in Cannabis’ we want to help you uncover leading cannabis news, industry insights, scientific discoveries and more. Our hope is to help educate the greater public on the many uphill battles we still need to achieve prior to legalization. There are still a lot of laws, regulations and problems that cannabis companies and consumers are faced with.

This Week in Cannabis: May 24th-31st, 2020

It’s been another mixed week for the cannabis industry this week. Tough lessons were learned by some, while other groups seem poised to discover bright new concepts. Let’s take a closer look…

High-CBD Cannabis: A Match for the Coronavirus?

A team of researchers from Canada’s University of Lethbridge believes they may have found a way to ward off coronavirus—no untested vaccines or anti-malarial drugs required. 

Based on studies done last month, these researchers think cannabis strains high in CBD could affect the body’s ACE2 receptors enough to reduce coronavirus risk. Essentially, cannabis compounds may block the “gateway” that allows COVID-19 to spread and multiply. 

“We were totally stunned at first, and then we were really happy,” researcher Olga Kovalchuk told CTV news

In the research team’s own words, CBD-rich cannabis products “may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy.” And the possibilities are many when it comes to formulating suitable products. CBD-rich cannabis “can be used to develop easy-to-use preventative treatments in the form of mouthwash and throat gargle products for both clinical and at-home use.”

While CBD isn’t an outright panacea, why not explore the development of such products? Researchers said it best: “Given the current dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue must be considered.”

Check out this comprehensive guide for more info on how CBD works.

One More Reason Not to Use Butane

Butane is a popular solvent because of its high efficiency, especially among black-market cannabis extractors. But its pros are outweighed by its cons—for starters, butane is toxic, hard to fully ‘purge’ out of a cannabis extract, and highly flammable. 

And it appears this flammability was the cause of an apocalyptic-level explosion that occurred at LA tobacco shop Smoke Tokes. Investigators believe the explosion, which injured a dozen firefighters, was caused by either butane hash oil or tanks of butane itself. 

There’s another potential problem here: BHO is illegal in California, so was Smoke Tokes running an illicit BHO operation? “Anything a smoke shop wants, we pretty much carry,” Smoke Tokes’s owner had said in a 2018 video, and perhaps he wasn’t joking…

Oceania and the “Cannabis Bowl”

Oceania encompasses the Pacific islands of Australia, New Zealand, and many smaller islands—and legalized cannabis is sweeping over virtually all of them. 

It could be the weather. A report by UK-based cannabis consultants says Oceania is “blessed with regions of sub-tropical climate and an expanse of agricultural space”…and “fast emerging as a global contender in both the medical cannabis and adult-use space thanks to increasingly liberal attitudes in the region.”

Australia’s southernmost state, Victoria, is taking an especially progressive approach. The state hopes to become Australia’s “cannabis bowl,” complete with major “research and development” facilities.

Aurora Cannabis Enters the U.S. CBD Market

After suffering huge losses in some markets, Aurora Cannabis has taken the hint. The company just acquired Massachusetts-based hemp firm Reliva as part of its new plan to focus on domestic CBD. Reliva carries no debt and seems to thrive from a simple yet effective business model. 

Could this acquisition turn Aurora’s balance sheet around? Maybe…and either way, we’re all for CBD brands getting more established. 

Michigan Medical Cannabis Moving Forward

Recreational marijuana was legalized by Michigan voters in 2018, but recreational shops and dispensaries are still pretty hard to come by. 

Between legal hangups and, more recently, extremely strict stay-at-home orders, the recreational market’s struggles have made it easier for Michiganian medical cannabis to shine. The demand for medical cannabis is so strong that some towns have taken to holding lotteries in order to determine which companies get a permit…and which do not. 

So far, companies that feature a “vertically integrated” business model have done best—partially because they can offer cheaper medical-grade products to customers. Let’s hope that the medical market continues to accelerate once Michigan’s economy opens back up. 

To Sum Things Up…

Has there been a time in recent history when medical cannabis has been more needed than the present? Probably not. And on an even larger scale, maybe there’s a silver lining to this whole coronavirus thing after all, if it means people are focusing on their health and on the natural substances that could improve it—CBD included. 




In ‘This Week in Cannabis’ we want to help you uncover leading cannabis news, industry insights, scientific discoveries and more. Our hope is to help educate the greater public on the many uphill battles we still need to achieve prior to legalization. There are still a lot of laws, regulations and problems that cannabis companies and consumers are faced with.

This Week in Cannabis: May 17th-23rd, 2020

First, some good news: Cannabis’s legal progress still isn’t slowing down. Lawmakers across the U.S. and Europe are pushing for sensible, logical, and fair regulations that should only continue to benefit cannabis consumers. 

On a slightly less bright note, major cannabis companies are struggling right now. It turns out mass-scale cultivation is just too pricey to happen indoors; leading brands in both the cannabis and hemp spaces are having to streamline and downsize. And of course the coronavirus isn’t helping. But could there be a bright side to it all? Let’s see.

Things that Boost the Endocannabinoid System: CBD, Sports, and…Sex

At first, people thought cannabis was the only thing capable of boosting ECS function. How boring! As it turns out, working out can help, too. In fact, some researchers believe runner’s high is caused by the endocannabinoid anandamide

But the full picture is even more exciting. Why? Because sex could also help your body stay in endocannabinoid-mediated balance—good sex, that is. “I would suggest at least once a day doing something that strongly stimulates endocannabinoid activity,” affirms cannabis expert and osteopath Dr. Dustin Sulak. 

So if you’re out of cannabis and feeling too tired to exercise, at least take some time to heed the doctor’s orders…

Medical Cannabis for Montana

Medical cannabis isn’t yet legal in Montana, but that could all be changing very soon. An organization called New Approach Montana  is currently pulling out all the stops in its quest to gather voter signatures, adherence to social distancing included. 

Leafly describes NAM’s safety precautions as “unprecedented,” and indeed, we like their style. The organization has been “providing disposable pens and gloves for each signee, taking the temperature of each canvasser, requiring canvassers to wear masks at all times, and more.” It’s hoped that signatures gathered will lead to constitutional amendments and eventually pave the way for full, statewide legalization. 

Legal Weed, Legal Seeds!

For decades now, cannabis seeds have been a decidedly black-market commodity. Even in areas where cannabis is now legal, the process of obtaining seeds can be anything but. 

The Ontario Cannabis Store aims to change that; its goal is to create a regulated, over the table marketplace of premium cannabis seeds. “We’re going to continue to list more and more seeds until we have a really robust portfolio that is enticing and resonates with consumers who are looking for great genetics,” Manager Peter Shearer told MJ Business Daily. It seems the victory gardens we mentioned a few weeks back are still en vogue.

Aurora’s Huge Greenhouse Sold on the Cheap

Aurora Cannabis hasn’t been doing so well recently. Despite their high hopes, flashy IPO, and cool name, the Canadian company has found itself deep in the red. 

And what do you do when faced with insurmountable debt? You sell stuff, of course!  In Aurora’s case, they just sold a huge greenhouse for 6 million dollars…a greenhouse that was originally valued at 12 million USD. It’s all part of the company’s stated plan to “rationalize capital expenditures.” Let’s just hope Aurora can make a more conservative comeback in the future — a comeback geared solely around meeting consumer needs.

C’est la CBD

CBD companies in France are currently banned from advertising and/or marketing their goods. Even CBD oil’s legality is questionable, and that’s just not fair, according to EU legal advisors.

Though hemp is currently legal in France, cultivating hemp specifically for its CBD content isn’t. Only more industrial uses like fiber and grain production are allowed; hemp’s flowers can’t be used for anything. This law has actually backfired on CBD consumers, as many of the semi-illegal products available in France are made from low-quality biomass, stalks, and stems. 

Cannabis advocates and legal experts alike are now pushing for full legalization, which would be a “crucial step towards much-needed regulatory harmonization,” according to attorney Eveline Van Keymeulen. We completely agree.

To Sum Things Up…

It’s been an interesting week within the world of cannabis, as big companies flounder while legal progress gives the power to the people. Might the future of cannabis, like so many other things, be decentralized? It sure will be if those legalized seed vendors continue to pop up. 


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This Week in Cannabis: May 10th-16th, 2020

This week was a good week for cannabis and hemp. On the wellness side of things, people are flocking to medical cannabis and CBD for their calming effects. And recreational cannabis companies are finding creative ways to get customers their daily doses, even during this pandemic. Let’s take a closer look. 

Keep Calm and CBD On…

Chances are you were already familiar with many of CBD’s health benefits. But recently CBD has found itself in the spotlight for one specific reason: Its ability to reduce anxiety. Research shows that CBD may boost endocannabinoid levels enough to actually help our brains forget fear-based memories! 

Put two and two together, and it’s clear CBD could provide a natural antidote to anxiety and stress. And we could probably all use such an antidote right about now.

Medical Cannabis On the Rise in Australia

In Australia, medical cannabis is a fairly new occurrence governed by the aptly-named Therapeutic Goods Administration. Their data suggests that Australians are turning to cannabis like never before. Over 3,000 new users have been approved for each of the last several months, and health regulators project there will be 70,000+ licensed users by the end of this year. Like many of us, it seems as though Aussies have found cannabis to be the perfect ally for enjoying your free time.

Liquor Company Delivering the Good Stuff

Why use alcohol when you can get similar upliftment from cannabis — without the hangover? 

This type of swap may not be what liquor distributor Drizly has in mind, but nonetheless it’s something they’re helping make possible. The company is branching out into cannabis home deliveries through a new brand called Lantern. Lantern will provide medical cannabis from several dispensaries to patients across the state of Massachusetts; once recreational cannabis can be legally delivered, Lantern plans to provide that service too!

Hemp Prices Way Down

A lot of hemp was grown by American farmers last year. Now that we’re more than a few months post-harvest, there’s a big question to answer: what to do with all of it. 

Finding a suitable outlet for all this surplus hemp is “the billion dollar question,” explains Casey Flippo, CEO of hemp extraction firm Natvana LLC. It seems that hemp extraction is the weakest link in the proverbial chain, as there’s still plenty of demand for CBD oil, but just not enough resources to carry out the conversion. Some farmers are trying to solve the problem by making and bottling their own branded CBD oil; others have resorted to selling biomass for as little as four or five dollars a pound.

Free Hemp Seeds? That’s What Texas Farmers Are Getting

Thankfully hemp has other uses beyond just making CBD oil. Panda Biotech is donating 60 tons of hemp seeds to Texan farmers, so long as they use their crops for fiber and provide plenty of data-based feedback. We think Panda is onto something. 

“We are literally seeding Texas’ industrial hemp industry […]. We’re making this donation to help ignite a new industry where Texas has the potential to be a global leader, and having access to real-world data is a necessary first step for that to occur.” 

– Scott Evans, Panda Biotech’s executive vice president

To Sum Things Up…

Like we said, this week in cannabis was a good one. Perhaps the industry has aligned with overall news trends, where lockdowns are being phased out and things are slowly getting brighter. Let’s just hope people continue to use cannabis, even long after they’ve taken their attention off of boosting their immune systems or creating new canna-jobs to survive within a struggling economy.

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In ‘This Week in Cannabis’ we want to help you uncover leading cannabis news, industry insights, scientific discoveries and more. Our hope is to help educate the greater public on the many uphill battles we still need to achieve prior to legalization. There are still a lot of laws, regulations and problems that cannabis companies and consumers are faced with.

This Week in Cannabis: May 3rd-9th, 2020

Another week passes, this one bringing us a pretty even mix of good and bad news. On the bright side, people are continuing to buy and use cannabis just like they’ve done before, perhaps even using it to cope with the truly new version of normal we’ve found ourselves in. And on the medical side of the industry, researchers are wondering if CBD might help fight COVID-19. But let’s go over the bad news first, just to get it out of the way…

Cannabis Prohibition is Ending…But Its Victims Still Suffer

Cannabis has been legalized in many parts of the U.S., and even states where the plant remains illegal have largely decriminalized small offenses. But what about people who received harsh sentences—or even life sentences—back when the law wasn’t so forgiving?

It’s easy to forget about such people…but it shouldn’t be. Take the tragic case of Craig Cesal, a former truck mechanic accused of trafficking cannabis back in the ’80s. He’s fought his charges and maintained his innocence since then, which is partially why he’s still in prison serving a life sentence. Even though Craig is now at risk of catching COVID-19 from other inmates (also, he’s diabetic), the federal prison he’s kept at has repeatedly denied him parole. 

Upsetting, right? If you feel the same way, there’s one thing that you can do: Take a few minutes to join the 322,400-and-counting people who’ve asked President Trump to get Craig Cesal out of prison by signing the petition here

4/20 Sales A Success

Many cannabis dispensaries reported higher than normal sales this past 4/20, despite having to resort to curbside pickups and delivery options. “We were slammed on 4/20,” said Platinum dispensary’s George Sadler, with sales up “across the board.” Could it be their mindset? Maybe. “We’re not retreating,” explains Sadler.

But other dispensaries saw sales flatline or even decline. It appears location is everything; in New York, where residents might normally use public transit, sales have decreased and shifted to home-delivery options.

Californian Groups Band Together for Lower Taxes

Marijuana companies, churches, Americans for Safe Access, the NAACP, and the Black Women’s Cannabis Council—what do they all have in common? A desire to see California lower its cannabis taxes, of course.

This unlikely alliance explains that California’s combination of high cannabis prices and high unemployment is driving customers to the black market. “The legal industry is seeing its customers flock to lower priced cannabis products in the illegal market regardless of quality or safety,” a letter from the group(s) to California’s Governor aptly pointed out. Given black market sales still outnumber legal sales 3:1, we’d agree it’s time for a change. 

Swiss Hemp Grower Investigated for High-THC Plants

While both hemp and higher-THC cannabis have all sorts of health benefits, the laws in most countries don’t exactly allow these varieties to be grown together. Swiss officials recently arrested a hemp grower and closed his operation after finding “approximately 3,700 marijuana shrubs and 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) of prepared and packaged marijuana” hidden alongside more ‘by-the-book’ options. 

Hemp & Planet Earth

Hemp is great for us humans…and it can be great for the Earth, too, if its cultivation is done right! U.S. hemp farmers can now participate in all sorts of sustainability-based government programs, and obtaining USDA-Certified Organic status is also easier than ever. Only fitting given Earth Day is coming up. 

CBD for COVID-19: Clinical Trials Begin!

Admittedly, this one got us excited. Israel researchers are looking at inserting CBD into small structures called exosomes in order to provide targeted relief to COVID-19 patients. Patients with the virus will be closely monitored as they inhale these special CBD-infused exosomes through a vaporizing device.

To Sum Things Up…

With the exception of those whom the law abuses (and those who try to abuse the law), this was actually a pretty good week in the world of cannabis. Here’s to hoping those clinical trials go well! When it comes to fighting the coronavirus, we can use all the help we can get. 

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How to use CBD for Arthritis & Joint Pain

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Arthritis is a common chronic health condition that refers to a number of distinct (but related) illnesses. By definition, it refers to a disease that causes joint inflammation and pain, often affecting the weight-bearing parts of the body. The common parts where arthritis is likely to attack are the spine, hips, and knees. However, other areas, such as the fingers, wrists, and toes, are also prone to attack. While the chronic joint pain is often resistant to pain management therapies, studies suggest that cannabis helps with arthritis pain and inflammation.

Perfect Skincare With Cannabis: Why and How?

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The benefits of CBD are never-ending. CBD is becoming increasingly popular in skincare (Ulta recently introduced a line of CBD-infused skincare products, and more are sure to follow suit). Still, lack of regulation means that many of the products on the market are at best inconsistent and, at worst, downright ineffective.

Can I Buy CBD Online? Is It Legal to Mail CBD to My House?

The possession and consumption of CBD is legal but it depends on where it comes from. This is where the difference between hemp and cannabis comes in – the distinction is nothing more than a legal one.


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How to Make CBD Oil At Home | 3-Step Visual Guide

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If you’ve been part of the cannabis community for any length of time, especially for medical purposes, you’ve likely heard a good deal about the therapeutic effects of CBD. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a cannabinoid with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic effects. It can treat chronic pain and inflammation, regulate mood and sleep, ease nausea, and treat seizures and muscle spasms, just to name a few applications.

There is an overwhelming abundance of retailers selling CBD oil on the open market, but it can be hard to determine the quality and purity of the product you’re buying. Unless you’re buying from a trusted retailer like Joy Organics (see our CBD Buyer’s Guide to learn what to look for when buying CBD), sorting out the good products from the junk can be difficult.

You can skip the guesswork by making CBD yourself, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, with no special equipment or toxic chemicals. This way, you control every step of the process, from selecting the strain to choosing the dosage concentration, to the actual extraction itself; you know exactly what you’re getting in the finished product and can modify your materials or methods according to your specific needs. It might seem complicated, but we promise you, you can do this! Here, we’ll discuss the science of cannabinoid extraction and tell you how to make CBD oil at home for yourself.


How to Use Already Vaped Bud (AVB) to Make Edibles

There has always been a little secret at the intersection of vaporizing cannabis and edibles. One of the main benefits to vaporizing your cannabis is the ability to use your flower once for vaporizing and then using it again to make edibles.  This is not something many people are aware of, but it’s a great way to get more from your herb!

Smoking weed turns your herbs into ash and even chars it—leaving no THC after the flower is combusted. Vaping, however, helps you efficiently ingest the THC and gives you the opportunity to re-use your flower a second time. Both vaporizer pens and desktop units will work for producing AVB.

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The 10 Best CBD Products to Spice Up Your Sex Life

Sex is an integral part of life. And let’s face it—for many people, so is cannabis. Aside from all the common reasons people turn to cannabinoids, like anxiety, pain, or poor sleep, we’re now learning that cannabis and sex may play a part in a healthy balanced lifestyle. In one Stanford review of  over 50,000 men and women, people who used cannabis reported having more sex than those who didn’t. In men, the increase in sexual frequency was 22%, and in women 34%.

But it’s not that cut and dry. In the past, reports have suggested that cannabis  decreases testosterone and  disrupts orgasms, thus making sex less enjoyable. The truth? Endocannabinoid systems are complex and cannabis poses some sexy benefits when used correctly, but you can’t just go in with all joints blazing. Instead, we look at the why around cannabis and sex to get the most benefit to boost sexual satisfaction naturally. But first, it starts with understanding how cannabis interacts with the body.

15 Powerful Adaptogens You Need to Conquer Your Health

Most people haven’t heard the word adaptogen, even though they likely would be able to name one quite easily (turmeric, anyone?) In reality, adaptogens are one of the newest frontiers in CBD supplements, while simultaneously being one of the oldest products on Earth. These almost mythical natural products have been said to have a lot of different health benefits, but what is the real truth? What exactly are adaptogens and do they really work like they claim? Let’s do a deep dive and find out all about them. Do they live up to the hype?

What Exactly Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are essentially herbal pharmaceuticals. They are non-toxic plants, including herbs, mushrooms, and roots, and have been in use in Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine for centuries. They have also slowly been gaining popularity in the United States over the last decade or so, likely due to their reported ability to help the body counteract stress (by helping it to return to homeostasis, or the body’s natural state of balance). Essentially, adaptogens help the body “adapt” to stress… hence the name! 

This is an important benefit for all humans, because stress can cause all kinds of both physical and emotional reactions, most of them negative. In fact, under periods of extreme stress, the body can even undergo actual physical damage (especially to the endocrine, immune, and neurological systems). We’ll get into this more later. 

To be officially considered an adaptogen, the plant must meet all three of the following criteria: it must be “generally” non-toxic (in recommended amounts), produce a nonspecific response to cellular level stress (by creating an energy reserve), and help to normalize the systems of the body (using a bidirectional approach).

This bidirectional approach is what makes adaptogens so unique. Prescription medications and other non adaptogen herbs perform one action and one action only. For instance, they lower blood pressure or make someone sleepy. Adaptogens, unsurprisingly, “adapt” to the need of the body and can perform either function. One adaptogen can raise or lower blood pressure, or help someone either sleep better or stay awake easier. 

One last interesting fact about adaptogens is that scientists from the Soviet Union during World War II actually studied and developed them as a way to help their pilots perform better and longer. Their name was actually coined by these scientists around the 1950s (the exact date has not been proven). The scientists focused their studies specifically on the adaptogen Schisandra chinensis, due to its reported ability to reduce exhaustion, hunger, and thirst as well as improving night vision. Eventually, in the 1960s, this study evolved into the scientific field of biomedicinal research. 

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Ok, Then How Do Adaptogens Work?

While there isn’t an abundance of scientific research on adaptogens, there are a few things that we know for sure. But let’s start by learning a little bit more about the physical effects of stress on the human body, so that we can truly appreciate how beneficial adaptogens are.

When our bodies go through periods of stress (remember, stress can be either physical or mental… or both!), they go through three distinct stages. These stages are collectively known as general adaptation syndrome (GAS) and together consist of the alarm phase (fight or flight), the resistance phase (higher metabolic level), and the exhaustion phase (self explanatory). 

Another side effect of stress on the body is the release of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, during the alarm phase of GAS. Cortisol is produced and pumped out by the adrenal gland. It is released to provide the body with more energy to help it push through the stress. While this energy boost is great temporarily, over time the effects of cortisol will ultimately wreak havoc, causing problems like weight gain (especially around the abdomen), muscle weakness, fatigue, restlessness, and distraction. 

Of the three GAS phases, the resistance phase is the one often referred to as the “sweet spot.” This phase is where adaptogens truly shine. Adaptogens are theorized to work by stretching that resistance phase out so that our bodies can experience its benefits for a longer period of time. During the resistance face, the body is working hard to repair itself while also maintaining an elevated state of energy, awareness, strength, etc. It has all of the positive benefits of fight or flight without as much energy expenditure (and fear!). Obviously, being able to experience that as long as possible would be very helpful to combat stress on both the physical and mental level.

But how do they do that, exactly?

Adaptogens have been scientifically proven to affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (or HPA axis) as well as the sympathoadrenal system. Both of these areas of the body impact and control the production of hormones (cortisol, namely) and other physiological responses, including immune function, emotions, mood, libido, and energy expenditure. When their effects are boosted by adaptogens and the resistance phase is extended, we are much better at weathering the storm of both mental and physical stress. Simply, we “adapt” better.

Studies of adaptogens have shown that they are beneficial for a whole host of medical conditions: chronic inflammation, stress-induced fatigue, cancer, and mental illness. Some preliminary research has also shown that adaptogens may even be useful to help treat some of the neurodegenerative aspects of aging, helping elderly people live longer, happier, healthier lives.

To get the maximum benefit out of any adaptogen, it needs to be taken regularly for an extended period of time. Don’t expect to take a magic pill and feel better right away. Consistency is key. Adaptogens also work best, just like CBD, when combined with focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle also designed to reduce stress—exercise, meditation, and quality sleep.

What Are Some Common Adaptogens And What Do They Do?

Each adaptogen functions in a slightly different way. While that may seem overwhelming, that also makes it easy for people to choose the right one for the specific symptoms they may be experiencing. 

Ashwagandha (herb) — One of the most frequently studied, Ashwagandha is commonly used in ayurvedic medicine to reduce stress levels, improve concentration, and increase energy. Ashwagandha is also considered an anti-inflammatory, and has been reported to help with anxiety, insomnia, and balance cortisol levels in the body.  

American and Asian Ginseng (herbs) — Both herbs are said to boost memory, the immune system, reaction time, feelings of calm, and overall wellbeing. They have been used in traditional Native American and Chinese/Korean medicine for centuries. 

Astragalus root (herb) — Although it is an herb, it is actually the root of this plant (which comes from the bean family) that has been used in Chinese medicine to help combat fatigue, reduce stress, treat heart disease, and slow down the natural aging process. It may also be helpful in treating the common cold by helping support the immune system.

Chaga (mushroom) — Chaga grows only on birch trees and is rich in antioxidants that boost immunity and reduce inflammation. It was used by soldiers in Finland as an alternative to coffee in World War II.

Cordyceps (mushroom) — This adaptogen is actually a combination of a fungus and a caterpillar (sounds weird, we know, but it has been scientifically studied). It helps boost the immune system, combat fatigue, balance hormones, decrease inflammation, increase energy, and reduce stress. 

Goji Berry (fruit) — Also known as wolfberry, goji berries are very popular due to their ability to help boost energy levels, mental and physical performance, and overall sense of wellbeing. It has also been said to improve sleep.

Holy Basil/Tulsi (herb) — A traditional herb commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil helps calm the nerves, promotes relaxation, and reduces stress. 

Maca (vegetable) — In the same family as broccoli and cauliflower, Maca improves mood and increases energy.

Mucuna Pruriens (bean) — Also referred to as the “dopamine bean,” Mucuna Pruriens is promising for its ability to be able to treat psychological stress. Some people also believe it is a natural aphrodisiac. 

Reishi (mushroom) — This adaptogen works as an antioxidant that enhances immune response and keeps the skin looking young. It also helps the body adapt better to stress and promotes good sleep.

Rhodiola rosea (herb) — Another frequently studied adaptogen, Rhodiola (or arctic/rose root) can increase energy and endurance, and lower anxiety, depression, and fatigue. 

Schisandra (fruit) — This adaptogen is said to stabilize blood sugars and help the liver stay healthy. It is also helpful to soothe stomach disorders and has been beneficial as an antioxidant.

Siberian Ginseng (plant) — Not an herb, and not even actually Ginseng, studies have shown that Siberian Ginseng can help fight depression, fatigue, and stress by providing the body with more energy. 

Turmeric (spice) — Commonly used in Indian cuisine, turmeric boosts brain function while also reducing depression and helps to maintain healthy levels of cortisol in the body.

Wild yam (plant) — Another plant that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, wild yam helps regulate female hormones (specifically during menopause) and reduces muscle cramping.

This is only a small sample of the many unique varieties of adaptogens in the world. There really is an adaptogen out there for every purpose, although it may take a little digging and experimenting to find the right one for you.

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Let’s Do Some Myth Busting

Along with any trend comes myths and half truths. While, in the majority of cases, adaptogens do live up to their hype, there are still a few common myths out there we’d like to bust for clarification.

MYTH: Adaptogens have no side effects

TRUTH: Like anything people put on or in their bodies, there is always a possibility of side effects. Luckily, those side effects are very rare. In those cases, people have reported headache, fatigue, diarrhea, and dry mouth. This is most likely to be the case when first starting a new adaptogen, and each does come with their own specific potential side effects. 

MYTH: Adaptogens work the same for everyone

TRUTH: Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Not every adaptogen works the same way for everyone, and some don’t work at all for certain people. For instance, ginseng. It has been proven to raise blood pressure in some people, while lowering it in others. A lot of the difference in how adaptogens can work for individuals is part of what makes them so amazing—their ability to “adapt” to each person’s specific needs (whatever will return them to homeostasis) using their bidirectional approach.

In addition, adaptogens historically were used in medicine only after a thorough, whole body exam and evaluation of the patient by an alternative medicine practitioner. However, many people in the United States are picking and choosing to “spot treat” issues on their own instead of considering their overall health and consulting a professional, which can lead to issues and ineffectiveness.

Let’s look at ginseng again. People who take it that are under the age of 40 often report that it doesn’t work well, if at all, for them. However, because most people in this demographic are experiencing a different issue with energy than older people (younger people are said to produce “too much” energy, making it harder to circulate, while older people are said to not produce enough), it may appear that ginseng “doesn’t work.” However, it’s likely just the wrong adaptogen to treat the issue.

MYTH: Adaptogens can be toxic

TRUTH: While people can be individually allergic to any adaptogen, one of the key properties of all adaptogens is that they must be non-toxic (See: “What Exactly Are Adaptogens?”). It is also important for all consumers of adaptogens to be aware that it is possible even for the most safe herbal supplements to interact with specific prescription medications (the most common offenders are Ashwagandha, American and Asian Ginseng, Astragalus root, Schisandra, and Rhodiola rosea). To avoid a potential drug interaction, speak with your doctor before starting any new herbal regimen if you are currently on any prescription medication. 

MYTH: Adaptogens are habit forming

TRUTH: Studies have shown that adaptogens do not possess any potential for abuse, addiction, or tolerance. They also do not impair any mental functions, or cause any psychotic symptoms when people stop taking them. Compared to some of the prescription alternatives many people rely on to help cope with stress (Xanax, for instance), this is a huge selling point especially for people who may have a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

MYTH: CBD is an adaptogen

TRUTH: Technically no, CBD is not an adaptogen. While it does have many of the same qualities and impacts the body in most of the same ways as an adaptogen, CBD is a molecule instead of a plant. However, there are some studies that are trying to get hempseed classified as one, although it hasn’t officially happened to date.

Where Can I Buy Adaptogens?

Luckily, due to the increasing popularity of adaptogens in the United States, there are plenty of places where they are available to purchase. Many companies (both brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers) specialize in selling only adaptogens. Certain adaptogens, like ashwagandha, can even be purchased at chain and big box stores like GNC and Walmart. If possible, it’s always best to support local and small businesses, though. It is also much easier to get your questions answered.

Before starting, everyone should be aware that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not currently evaluating either the quality or the purity of any adaptogens. This makes it incredibly important for consumers to source all of their adaptogen products through trustworthy, transparent companies.

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How Can I Add Adaptogens To My Diet?

That really depends on the adaptogen being chosen! Luckily, due to their surge in popularity, even well-known food related magazines have started to pay attention and given people even more options for how to add them into any diet. 

Take moon milk for example. Warm milk has been used for centuries as a natural sleep remedy, and moon milk is a great way to combine that natural calming feeling with adaptogens (specifically, ashwagandha and turmeric). The base recipe can even be traced back to Ayurvedic medicine.

While the most common way to add adaptogens into the diet is still by powder or capsule (as many of them can have a very bitter taste), there are now companies who are serving them up in new and different ways. Coffee mixes, hot chocolates, tea blends, and liquid elixirs/tonics are some of the newer options that help people get the amazing benefits of adaptogens into the diet seamlessly.  

Before consuming any adaptogen though, please verify that it has been third-party tested and certified (by a company like U.S. Pharmacopeia or to be 100-percent pure and organic.

Do Adaptogens Integrate with CBD?

While CBD is not an adaptogen on its own (as explained above), the two do work very similarly. Both CBD and adaptogens aim to bring the body back to homeostasis (balance), reduce anxiety and depression, combat fatigue, pain and inflammation, and help boost the immune system. When used together, they’re basically the dream team, seriously reducing our overall stress response.

Certain adaptogens paired with CBD are hypothesized to produce something known as a “synergistic effect.” This happens when two drugs/supplements are combined to provide a greater effect together than they would have separately. Essentially, CBD and those adaptogens play off each other and help the other be even more effective. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been proven by any scientific research at this point, but the research is ongoing.  

Companies, like FOCL, are trailblazers at creating a single product that combines CBD with adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Rhodiola rosea. Having one product that contains both, instead of having to remember to take two separate products, is not only a timesaver but also helps take the guesswork out of which work together well and which do not. 

Final Thoughts

Adaptogens are possibly the best thing to happen to CBD… ever. Learning about what makes these incredible products tick and what they can do for you, especially when combined with a high quality CBD product, can completely renovate and reinvigorate your life and routine. Always remember, though, that before starting any new supplement or product, it is important to contact your physician for guidance (especially if you have any medical conditions or take any prescription medications). You deserve to live your best life, and adaptogens can definitely help you do that. 

How Chronic Fatigue Helped Ken Lawson Create FOCL

Ken Lawson was a changed man after his experience with chronic fatigue. 

The CEO and founder of GoGenics (among other companies) cites this “transformative” health issue as what helped open his eyes to how incredibly powerful and beneficial just natural, organic ingredients can be. It was his search for a trustworthy natural supplement to meet all of his needs—“focus, sleep, anti-anxiety, and a feeling of general well-being”—that ultimately led him to consider starting this business. 

It didn’t take long for Lawson to decide to create FOCL. He sought to create a trusted wellness company that provided only the highest quality products that met his rigorous standards. He quickly assembled a team of people who also believed in that same goal to start the brand in 2019.


FOCL is now known as a next-level wellness brand that creates products to help everyone build a better baseline for their health. They don’t rely on quick fixes or temporary boosts, and never make false promises. Every product was designed to help people “Perform. Rest. LIVE BETTER.” 

All of the products that FOCL offers are created with complete transparency, so that the people who purchase them always know exactly what they’re putting in their body. They use premium hemp CBD, which is already a remarkable product, and enhance it even further by adding adaptogens (herbal pharmaceuticals) and other botanicals to make their products even more beneficial.

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Each CBD offering was designed with the help of multiple medical professionals, including chemists and doctors, as well as other wellness experts. The goal was to identify only the most effective combinations of ingredients that produce the best results for both the body and the mind (known as “Wellness Stacks”) to give people the most bang for their buck. 

FOCL took their dedication to transparency even further by starting their own organic hemp farm. Located in the New Mexico Valley, everything planted on their 120 acres is hand-selected and comes from non-GMO seedlings. Not very many CBD companies own and manage their own farms, but FOCL didn’t want to settle for anything less than knowing their product literally from start to finish.

Once harvested, FOCL’s hemp travels to one of their FDA-approved, food-grade, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) compliant facilities for processing. The end result is a guaranteed high quality, non-GMO, vegan product. 


FOCL also holds multiple top-tier certifications including the rare TRU-ID certification, which uses cutting-edge DNA technology to quality test ingredient authenticity and integrity. In addition, all of their products are third-party tested with the results published with full transparency on their website. 

FOCL uses all that drive for quality and transparency to focus on just three products, so that each can be created to meet the high standards they set for themselves. Their current offerings are FOCL Day, FOCL Night, and FOCAL CBD Drops

FOCL Day was designed to help eliminate brain fog, increase concentration, and balance mood. These capsules, which should be taken every day, combine their premium hemp CBD with Lion’s Mane, Rhodiola rosea, L-Theanine (green tea), vitamin B6, and Bacopa Monnieri.

Its compliment, FOCL Night, also pairs their premium hemp CBD with adaptogens and botanicals. However, for capsules meant to improve sleep quality, calm the mind, and help people to fall asleep quicker and sleep more deeply, FOCL uses Ashwagandha, Valerian Root, Hops Flower, Purple Passion Flower, and Griffonia simplicifolia (5-HTP)

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Their last offering is their FOCL CBD Drops, which come in Mint, Cherry, and Orange Cream flavors. The formula combines premium broad-spectrum hemp CBD with organic MCT (baby coconut) oil to help people relax and focus. This product is even more special because it was developed alongside Dr. Lane Phillips, world-renowned doctor and CBD authority. The dropper measures out a 10 mg dose, but also allows for individual dose customization.

All of these products have already made a big impact on the CBD market and continue to be very highly reviewed. The brand will only continue to increase in popularity as more people find out about this amazing company and their game-changing products.

FOCL’s focus on transparency and desire for the highest quality products truly does set the standard in wellness. Although they haven’t been around for long, they have already proven that they are a company everyone can trust.

Visit FOCL’s website to learn more.

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Medical Marijuana: A Possible Solution to the Opioid Epidemic

Could medical marijuana be a possible solution to the opioid epidemic? 

Many have theorized, and many have hoped…but now data is starting to unfold. Recent data has shown that legal cannabis has been positively correlated to reduced opioid prescriptions in many states! 

Before really getting into this data though, let’s take a look at the current problem. The Nation’s past with opioid addiction and the rise of the current opioid epidemic. 

What are opioids and what makes them so addictive?

Opioids are a class of drugs that interact with the body’s opioid receptors to produce painkilling, sedative effects. Some opioids are natural while some are synthetic, and others, like heroin, are illegal. Common opioid drugs include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), and morphine. 

The tricky thing about opioids is that they work — at least at first. So when opioids were first prescribed to us by doctors we didn’t realize the immediate addicting effects and things got out of control pretty quickly. “The problem of abuse and addiction to opioid analgesics has emerged as a major issue for the United States in the past decade and has worsened over the past few years,” noted a 2006 study.

Opioids bind to our opioid receptors so strongly that they get addictive almost immediately. Just think, who doesn’t want to be pain free?

The very real allure of opioids means they’re both physically and mentally addicting. But long term, they may not work as well as you’d think. “It is my impression that ‘pain-killing’ drugs improve the patient’s mood rather than take away the pain.” says pain expert John Sarno.

Can medical marijuana reduce pain?

If you or someone you know has been hurt by opioid abuse, cannabis may be just the thing to help. A Forbes survey of CBD users found that nearly half of them stopped relying on conventional pain medicine (for more info on CBD’s painkilling qualities you can click here). 

And THC is at least as good at reducing pain as CBD is. Combine the two, like medical cannabis does, and good things are bound to happen. User stats back this concept up; chronic pain is actually the top qualifying condition for medical cannabis use. According to Dr. Dustin Sulak, “evidence is insufficient” as to whether or not long-term opioid use actually helps chronic pain. Instead, Dr. Sulak recommends modulating the endocannabinoid system…with cannabis!

Cannabis rises, opioids fall: a state-by-state analysis

In many states, that’s exactly what’s happening. Whether they know it or not, thousands of people are asking for fewer opioid prescriptions in favor of getting their relief from medical marijuana. 

How do we know? This is where things get interesting. 

By identifying 19 states that have legalized cannabis, and then looking at how opioid prescriptions changed in the years between prohibition and legalization, one can pick up one some important trends. 

Most states experienced a significant drop in opioid use after cannabis was legalized — 15 of them, in fact! Only 4 (New Jersey, New Mexico, Michigan, and Arizona) had higher post-legalization rates.   

Another interesting tidbit: some states improved more than others. Ohio experienced the biggest decrease, with 19.2% less opioid use after legalizing medical cannabis. Pennsylvania was next up with a 17.8% decrease. 

We got the above data on opioid use from the CDC’s website.  But they are far from the only ones to pick up on this recognizable pattern. A study spanning over 10 years (1999 through 2010) found 24.8% lower annual opioid-related deaths in states with medical cannabis. In case you didn’t know, 24.8% is huge.

One more data point, this one from the ground-level: a 2017 survey of Californian patients determined that 74% of them supported substituting opioids for cannabis — or at least taking the two substances in conjunction. Indeed, medical cannabis may make opioids safer. 

Next Steps Towards Solving The Opioid Epidemic  

If you’re looking to get off opioids with the help of cannabinoids like CBD, there is hope. Thousands have gone before you and had their lives changed. As you begin your journey, know that we’re here to help.

10 Exciting New CBD Brands To Watch For In 2020

It’s an exciting time to be taking CBD. 

And to help you keep track of the ever-changing, ever-evolving entity that is the CBD market, we made a list of 10 new CBD brands to keep an eye on as we progress through 2020. 

You might note that many of the brands here are listed as “best-of’s” in one or more categories…but not all of them. In other words, some brands on our 10 New CBD Brands to Watch list may not stand out in any one specific area. But every brand you’ll read about here stands out in the sense that it’s spreading like wildfire — and when that happens, there’s always a good reason. 

For those who feel pressed for time and just want to see the list, we’ve got you! Here’s a TL;DR version in advance:

  1. Up-And-Coming: Seabedee
  2. Potent & Powerful: Restorative Botanicals
  3. Most Affordable: CBDistillery
  4. Most Unique: Hemp Bombs
  5. Organic CBD: Leef Organics
  6. Hemp Flower: Pure Relief
  7. Premium Products:  Joy Organics
  8. Athlete-Centric CBD: Ambary Gardens
  9. CBD Coffee: Subduction Coffee 
  10. CBD & Sexuality: Foria

10 Worthy New CBD Brands To Try This Year

1. Up-And-Coming:Seabedee

While all of the CBD brands on this list are taking their momentum with them into 2020, the #1 spot goes to an especially new brand that’s been growing in popularity quite fast. 

That brand is Seabedee. Founded in December 2018, Seabedee has spent the last year attaining quantum-level growth rates and helping thousands of happy customers. Their products are simple, refined, and reliable. 

Another thing we admire about Seabedee? They have what we’d call a “consumer-forward mindset.” Because their CBD is verifiably free of additives, chemicals, and allergens, even customers with special dietary needs can feel cared for and catered to.

Key Highlight:  A transparent new brand with reliable products and impressive results. 

2. Potent & Powerful: Restorative Botanicals

Restorative Botanicals is on this top 10 list for more than a few reasons. The biggest one? Their PURE6 Hemp Oil, which contains a whopping 1,800 milligrams of cannabidiol per 1oz bottle. That’s 60 mg/mL! 

This oil is so potent that it’s more concentrated than ‘normal’ CBD oil. It’s more fragrant and ‘terpy’, too. If you’ve been looking for max-strength CBD, look no further. Interested in our full K2C review? Read it here. 

Key Highlight: A truly functional new brand with truly powerful CBD products.

3. Most Affordable: CBDistillery

CBDistillery has quickly grown to become an established name in the CBD space. And because of its size, it can offer premium CBD cheap. Their 1,000 mg CBD Isolate Oil, for example, costs only $65! That’s way under the industry’s 10 cents/mg standard. 

Key Highlight: Lots of product options, lots of quality, lots of money saved. 

4. Most Unique: Hemp Bombs

True to its name, this brand has experienced pretty, well, explosive growth recently. Hemp Bombs product offerings are impressive. From CBD-infused tattoo ointment, beard balm, pleasure gel, Relaxation syrup, vapes, capsules, and more. Even with all this diversity, Hemp Bombs manages to maintain full quality control over each batch of their lab-tested products.

Key Highlight: Hemp Bombs pretty much offers a CBD product for everything under the sun. 

5. Organic CBD: LEEF Organics

LEEF Organics is all about doing organic CBD right. They offer USDA-certified-organic, CBD-centric soaps, bath products, extracts, and even paleo products…for pets. 

It’s all part of LEEF’s mission to provide “CBD products that rebalance harmonize your body from the inside out and outside in.” We’d say the brand is succeeding. 

Key Highlight:  Highly refined organic CBD…LEEF is the purist’s choice!

6. Hemp Flower: Pure Relief

Is there any CBD product as futuristic as hemp flower? Probably not. Up until very recently, the thought of smoking something that looked like, smelled like, and tasted like high-THC cannabis without getting high was pretty much unheard of. 

Times have changed, and no one is doing smokable hemp better than Pure Relief. They offer several delicious strains of high-CBD hemp, including Lifter, Elektra, and Super Silver Haze

Key Highlight: Pure Relief’s premium pre-packaged hemp flower makes getting healthy fun!

7. Premium Products: Joy Organics

Joy Organics could be on several different 2020 ‘Best Of’ lists because they’re products are tried and true! 

But if any aspect of their brand is especially worthy of attention this year, it’s how they’ve been creating some amazing gummies recently. Check out their new flavors including Strawberry Lemonade and Green Apple. 

Key Highlight:  A premium organic brand with that not only strives to be the best but in doing so by giving back to the community. 

8. Athlete-Centric CBD: Ambary Gardens

Ambary Gardens probably didn’t set out to cater to athletes but many of their products are actually ideal for the athletic type

Their Hemp Hydrate Water, for example, makes taking CBD while staying active easy! We coupled it with some weightlifting and noticed tangibly less muscle soreness. Want to really level up? Combine with Ambary’s CBD Roll On for even better results.

Key Highlight: A gold-tier brand that just so happens to make athlete-friendly CBD. 

9. Best CBD Coffee Brand: Subduction Coffee

CBD and coffee turns out to be a match made in heaven. If you want to try the best of the best, consider Subduction Coffee’s blends! They’ve managed to merge fair-trade certified, organic coffee with nano-enhanced, water-soluble hemp. If you’re ready to win the day, this is the CBD product for you. 

Key Highlight: Artisanal coffee meets high-tech CBD. 

10. CBD & Sexuality: Quim

If we can be honest, CBD didn’t used to be sexy. But now it’s 2020, and times have changed! 

Which is only fitting given that CBD and sexual health go hand in hand. According to Quim themselves, their CBD-infused products are practically bedroom essentials — they can increase sensation, relaxation, even blood flow. And according to other sources, Marvin Gaye was under the influence of CBD when he wrote the song Sexual Healing. Well, maybe not…but you never know. 

Key Highlight: Quim offers premium CBD products for all things feminine health and sexuality made by women, for women.

To Recap 10 New CBD Brands to Try 

Our hope is that this list of 10 new CBD brands helps you select a product that’s right for you. We’ve distilled down the research so you can feel empowered to choose wisely. 

Because while only hindsight is really 2020, a little bit of foresight also goes a long way. 


Meet Joy Smith. She’s Trying to Build the Best CBD Company in the World.

People all over the country struggle daily with common but frustrating health issues like chronic pain, anxiety, and sleep disorders. But not many people turn their search for relief into a company that is actively helping to change the world.

Located firmly at the top of that list is Joy Smith.

After her son recommended CBD as a possible treatment option for Joy’s own personal struggles with sleep and other issues, she started to do her own deep research. While admittedly hesitant at first, she gave CBD and try and in her own words, she became an “instant convert.” 

However, during her early journey with CBD, not every product she tried offered relief. Some didn’t even seem to work at all! Over time, Joy started to notice that there were some companies on the market selling some pretty poor products. Time and time again, brand after brand, she continued to try CBD products that didn’t quite hit the mark for what she was hoping for. 

It was this experience that ultimately inspired her to found Joy Organics (alongside her husband, Todd). Her goal was to “develop premium CBD products through innovation and excellence, with service to match.” She wanted to guarantee customers were getting the most high quality product they could find. With each product a customer could find stringent third-party lab testing with easily accessible transparent results.

Joy Smith is on a mission to build the best CBD company in the world.

But how does a mother, grandmother, humanitarian, and former Christian minister run a company while still staying true to her own personal belief system? 

In addition to monthly donations to a different cause or charity important to her heart, one of the most important and world changing ways she gives back is that she founded an annual event called Joy Day. While this day technically falls on her birthday, Joy was able to turn a day usually meant for receiving gifts into one focused entirely on giving back. 

Joy Day stems directly from her humanitarian roots. Over the years prior to starting Joy Organics, Joy visited the country of Uganda many times and came to know and love the Ugandan people. It was through her work with a variety of different non-profit initiatives in the country that she was introduced to Hope Primary School in the northwestern part of Uganda. 

The children that attend Hope Primary School are mostly all from the nearby Rhino Refugee Camp, and have been subject to unspeakable pain, trauma, and displacement due to the physical and political violence in South Sudan and the Congo. In many cases, Hope Primary School provides them with the only food they will eat that day, in addition to education and counseling.

Seeing all this really impacted Joy, not only as a compassionate human, but also as a mother and grandmother. She really wanted to use her company to help make as big of a difference as she was able to.

This desire to help and support these children led her to team up with the Greater Hope Project and Joy Day was born.

Why giving back is the backbone to becoming the best CBD company in the world.

Every Joy Day, customers will be able to purchase all products sitewide at 40% off. These are the lowest prices of the entire year! This means that CBD products become even more financially accessible to change people’s lives. But, while the prices are amazing, where that money is going towards is even more inspiring.

For each product purchased on Joy Day, Joy will donate $4.88 to the Greater Hope Project. This money goes directly to providing meals to the thousands of children who attend and rely on Hope Primary School every single day.

While $4.88 may not seem like a lot of money at first, that amount is able to feed one child two meals each day. And that is just with the purchase of one single product! Imagine what amazing work an entire community can do to help out.

That amount can really add up, too. In 2019, Joy Day ultimately provided 200,000 meals to the Hope Primary School! And she’s not stopping there. Her goal for 2020 is an awe inspiring 500,000 meals, which is enough to feed every child that attends the school both breakfast and lunch for two full years. 

Joy Smith really is not only trying, but succeeding at changing the world. She’s taken her personal convictions and used them to found not only an incredible company selling only the most premium, quality assured, lab-tested CBD products, but one focused on making real change for people throughout the world. 

Is there really any better way to put your money where your mouth is?

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The 5 Best CBD Infused Coffees To Try In 2020

It’s 2020, and as CBD continues to get more popular it’s pretty much transcended the supplement category that got us to love it in the first place. Today CBD can be enjoyed via food, drink, lotion, pet product, or mattress (yes, really) — the list is nearly endless.  So it would only make sense of fusing together CBD and coffee. We’ve done our research and compiled a list of the 5 best CBD infused coffees to try in 2020. 

CBD Infused Coffee? Tell Me More.

At first, CBD coffee was done the old fashioned way, simply by putting a dropper or two of CBD oil tincture  into one’s coffee of choice. Not very practical…or tasty with the floating oil on top of a fresh cup of brew. 

Thankfully times have changed! Just like the multivitamin has made hitting your RDA’s that much simpler, CBD infused coffee ensures you get a standardized daily dose of both cannabinoids and caffeine. It’s practically the best of both worlds. Now, beans are being infused with the hemp extract so there’s no need to worry about the unsettling separation issue.

The 5 Best CBD Infused Coffees To Try In 2020

1. Basically the Best: Subduction Coffee+Hemp Columbian Blend

We’ll start with a CBD Infused coffee that hits all the basics: Subduction Coffees’ Colombian blend. Colombian coffee is world-famous for a reason — it’s usually the best! As the experts at Subduction Coffee+Hemp say, “Colombian coffee beans are known for being smooth and easy to drink. This region features a rich volcanic soil that is ideal for growing coffee.” 

The hemp in this roast is just as premium. It’s American-grown, organic, and third-party lab-tested. That’s a win-win-win in our books. 

We also appreciate the options available: you can order this coffee in any of three different grinds, and even select either 10 or 20 milligrams of CBD/serving options. To summarize, this coffee is the best at catering to customers and doing things simply. 

Oh, and did we mention that Subduction Coffee+Hemp CBD source is nano-emulsified, aka water soluble? That means better absorption rates — and a better drinking experience for you. 

Key Highlight: Just your standard premium coffee, infused with plenty of premium CBD that gets the job done.

2. The Connoisseur’s Choice: Subduction Coffee+Hemp Brazilian Roast

This dark roast coffee sets itself apart from the rest. It’s sourced from one of Brazil’s first Fair Trade + Certified Organic farms. The beans are roasted in small batches and even sun dried. What else could you expect from Subduction Coffee+Hemp though? A brand made by coffee connoisseurs for coffee connoisseurs. 

Another bonus? Customers have the choice of either 10 or 20 milligrams of CBD per serving. We suggest opting for the 20mg to stay tangibly uplifted all day long. 

Key Highlight: This one’s seriously popular with dark roast enthusiasts…and one cup might be just enough to discover why.

3. Best Artisanal Option: Evo Hemp Forest Coffee 

Evo Hemp sets itself apart from other brands for a lot of reasons. Their company takes a truly holistic view of the hemp plant, offering sustainably sourced hemp apparel, food, drink, protein, CBD oil…and now, coffee! A partnership with the equally high-vibing Forest Coffee Trading Company makes it all possible. 

According to Evo Hemp themselves, this partnership was only natural: “CBD perfectly balances and compliments coffee as it keeps you feeling calm in the presence of caffeine, counteracting the jittery feelings that come with coffee while keeping the energy kick!”

And while this coffee may be artisanal, it’s also high-tech. Evo’s CBD source is naturally nano-emulsified with sunflower and hemp seed oils, which keeps its bioavailability optimized. 

Key Highlight: Artisan coffee meets cutting-edge CBD. 

4. Best Medium Roast: CBD Infusionz Hemp Coffee 

Ever heard of the company CBD Infusionz? If not, we recommend checking  them out! As the name implies, they’re pros at infusing CBD into food, tea, chocolate, hot chocolate, just about anything. But one of their best sellers is their CBD infused coffee.

This particular blend is 100% Arabica, born in lush green mountaintops high in the Columbia mountains. No joke — it might just have you feeling born again when religiously taken every morning. Plus each serving contains 16 milligrams of premium broad-spectrum, THC-free CBD. What’s not to love here?

Key Highlight: A tasty medium roast infused with plenty of CBD. 

5. Most Practical Option: Subduction Coffee+Hemp Sumatra Pods

Sure, regular CBD-infused coffee is great and all. But for the especially time-sensitive folks there’s an even better way: CBD-infused K-cups. 

Up until recently that wasn’t even an option. But Subduction Coffee is at it yet again, having now made single-serving CBD coffee available to all. The company describes this Sumatran blend as “earthy and herbal with chocolate notes,” so it’s probably the tastiest (and most convenient) way to stay energized and hit your 2020 goals. 

Key Highlight: CBD, placed almost magically in K-cup form. Now your morning has one less thing to worry about. 

The CBD Infused Coffee Takeaway

Within the world of CBD infused coffees, there are a lot of good options. If you’re ready to try the stuff for yourself, but still on the fence regarding which of these options is best for you…we’re here to help.

Check out this article to see Subduction Coffee covered in-depth, or this article to understand what makes coffee and cannabinoids such an effective combo in the first place.

Happy drinking!

10 CBD Infused Gifts for Valentine’s Day

We get it, looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be exhausting. Have you ever considered giving CBD Infused gifts for Valentine’s Day?  If you’re tired of the same uninspired Valentine’s Day gifts, look no further. So long, red plastic hearts, unidentifiable chocolates and fuzzy stuffed animals. We found the best CBD Infused gift ideas for your sweetheart – or yourself! (Because self-love is the best love.)

10 CBD Infused Gifts for Valentine’s Day

CBD is great for relaxing or elevating everyday activities. Its naturally soothing and healing properties can help you relax – or even help take things up a notch in the bedroom with specialty CBD sex products.

Whether you’re getting hot and heavy with your honey or spending some much-needed alone time indulging in Netflix and self-care, we have the best gift ideas to spice up your V-Day this year.

Best CBD Infused Gifts for Bath Time

If you’re one of those people who hasn’t taken a nice long soak in the tub since you were a kid, it’s time to drop everything and get the water going. Taking a bath is one of the most relaxing things you can do for your body and mind – and you can’t go wrong gifting this goodness to your sweetheart. Elevate your experience with one of these amazing CBD Infused bath products this Valentine’s Day.

Canna Comforts Grapefruit Bath Salt Scrub

Get things started with this exfoliating bath scrub. A combination of natural salts and essential oils make this product the ideal romantic Valentine’s Day gift. Infused with hemp-derived CBD, you can’t get much more relaxed than this! Massage it on for a pre-soak scrub and fall into warm, bubbly heaven – with or without your partner.

Ambary Gardens Nirvana Bath Bomb

For those who like to keep it fizzy before getting frisky, try this CBD-infused Nirvana Bath Bomb from Ambary Gardens. With 15mg of hemp-derived CBD isolate this means you’re getting more bang for your buck. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD and provides the most effective relief. And who doesn’t love a fun, deliciously-scented bath bomb? CBD is the icing on the red velvet cupcake.

LEEF Organics STEEP CBD Bath Tea

Sink into bliss with relaxing CBD-infused Bath Tea. Gorgeous packaging makes this the perfect gift for a special someone, no wrapping required. Once you get the water nice and steamy, your beloved can feel like the world’s sexiest teapot as you drop this looseleaf CBD tea into the tub. Natural lavender and jasmine lend soothing aromatics while 30mg of whole-plant CBD extract does the heavy lifting to keep them feeling calm as can be.

Best CBD Infused Gifts for the Body

Express your love and undying devotion with a full-body experience. Give you partner the gift of relaxation – and a nice CBD massage while you’re at it. These CBD-infused body products are the perfect gift idea for any at-home Valentine’s Day celebration. 

Envy CBD Face Masks

Treat your lover to their own spa night whenever they want with these CBD face masks from Envy CBD. This handy 3-pack is perfect for the end of a long day or getting ready for your date night. Ingredients such as rosemary flower and green tea leaf extracts help pamper the skin while 10mg of CBD provides a soothing touch.

Blue Ridge Hemp CBD-Infused Massage Oil

Show your lover you care with a sensual, relaxing massage. This CBD-infused oil from Blue Ridge Hemp is specially formulated with 100mg of CBD to help relieve soreness and pain, with the added bonus of having the perfect massage oil texture. Fuel the flames of love all night long with this silky smooth present.

Foria Wellness Intimacy Lubricant

What better way to get in the mood than with some luxe lube? Elevate your alone time together with this indulgent organic oil. Liquid coconut and 200mg of broad-spectrum CBD enhance intimacy and keep things gliding smoothly with a delicious tropical scent in your bedroom endeavors. Foria truly delivers. 

CBD Infusionz Orange Cinnamon Spice Body Butter

Show your sweetheart you care with this spicy-sweet body butter from CBD Infusionz. The silky texture is great for everyday use or whenever the skin needs a little extra love. Choose your own adventure with 500mg or 1000mg of broad-spectrum CBD for a boost of healing for the body and soul.

Best CBD Infused Edibles

Subduction Coffee + Hemp Signature Coffee Blends

Everyone loves a good cup of joe. Subduction Coffee+Hemp takes your loved one’s caffeine fix to the next level by infusing hemp into their small-batch roasts. Whether you want to give your partner the perfect Valentine’s Day gift or snag a few cups for yourself, we won’t tell. Customize your hemp infusion level for an added personal touch!

Seabedee CBD-Infused Peach Rings

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Skip the trip to the candy store and try these throwback treats. Seabedee takes one of your sweet nostalgic faves and infuses it with 10mg of CBD for the ultimate gummy snack. Your better half might not be inclined to share when you gift them these delicious infused peach rings.

Restorative Botanicals Coconut Milk Caramels

Go bigger this Valentine’s Day with Bolder Coconut Milk Caramels. These artisan-crafted candies are the perfect size to gift to your partner. Organic full-spectrum Colorado hemp enhances these sweet vegan treats so you and your beloved can indulge in infused caramels with <0.3% THC.

Gifting the Perfect CBD Infused Valentine’s Day Treat

You don’t have to stick with the same old boring Valentine’s Day gifts this year. With such a wide assortment of CBD-infused products on the market today, the possibilities are endless!

Whether you want to give your sweetheart a blissful bath product, a luxe body treatment or a sweet treat, there is a Valentine’s Day gift idea for everyone. Just for a fun and unique Valentine’s Day activity, try making your own CBD or cannabis-infused edibles with our easy recipe.

About the Author

Catherine is a writer and marketing professional living in Denver, where she covers health and wellness, business, and all things cannabis. When she isn’t writing, you can find her cross-stitching, crowd surfing, or generally causing a ruckus. You can find more of her writings here:



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The 10 Best CBD Brands of 2020

The cannabis industry has been grown exponentially since legalization hit. With the excitement, more CBD brands have been popping up more than ever before making it difficult for consumers to find the best CBD brand for their needs. There is no shortage of snake oil products out there and companies looking to cash in likely leaving you to question:  Which CBD brand is proven to work? Which is the best for my condition? Which CBD brand is best for a total beginner?

Our mission at Key to Cannabis has always been to bring you unbiased and honest product reviews on CBD brands we trust. We want to make your journey to discovering the best CBD brands as simple as possible. So far in 2020, we are quite impressed with the selection of CBD brands and products they offer. Check out some of our favorites below!

Most Innovative CBD Brand: FOCL

FOCL came on to the CBD market scene with a unique blend of products the brand has dubbed “wellness stacks.” With day and nighttime-specific CBD capsules, as well as supplemental CBD oil drops, FOCL offers a balanced offering of CBD relief to get you energized for the day as well as ready for a relaxing slumber in the evening. FOCL partners with chemists, doctors, and other wellness experts to create diverse formulas that are completed with adaptogenic herbs, powerful mushrooms, and hand-chosen botanicals. These unique blends take the CBD market in a totally new direction. Similar to how athletes stack supplements to achieve total-body fitness, FOCL’s intuitive and advanced formulas help stack natural supplements to help consumers achieve total body wellness.

Best CBD Brand for Beginners: Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is one of our favorite CBD brands, and for a good reason. We like to recommend this product for those just starting their CBD journey. Their website has an easy-to-use product finder, ideal for someone thinking about trying CBD for the first time. With a few simple questions you’ll be matched with suggestions tailored to your needs. Charlotte’s Web product lineup is varied and includes creams, oil tinctures, extracts, capsules and gummies. Covering just about anyone’s preferences and needs. We also appreciate Charlotte’s Web transparency in listing their entire ingredient list on every product. You can even check out their updated lab results available online. You’ll find that some products have other ingredients such as melatonin or L-theanine. These ingredients are actually naturally occurring in the human body but can act in tandem with CBD to amplify the effects you’re seeking. For example, their Sleep Gummies combine melatonin while their Calm  Gummies use L-theanine (an amino acid that promotes relaxation). You can read more about Charlotte’s Web and their products here.

Most Specialized CBD Brand: Joy Organics

Have you ever visited a restaurant with a lengthy menu and question how good the restaurant really could be? The assumption being that these types of places didn’t specialize in anything. So they likely didn’t excel at anything either. Joy Organics is the polar opposite! They have a limited range of THC-free, broad spectrum CBD products which makes our top 10 CBD brands year after year. Even though their selection might be limited, Joy Organics shorts nothing of quality. You know whatever product you are investing is will be tested and perfected everytime. We have been a big fan of their vape pens, bath bombs and tinctures since day 1.  Joy Organics also launched their new CBD gummies this year!

Best Hemp Flower Brand: Canna Comforts

Interested in getting your dose of CBD by a more classic method: raw hemp flower? Look no further than Canna Comforts. Canna Comforts grows all of their own raw hemp plans in the U.S. All of their hemp flower strains are compliant with the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, contain high levels of CBD, and provide full-spectrum benefits of other helpful cannabinoids. Canna Comforts strains produce a nice, light body buzz without the heady psychoactive feeling of THC-strains. However, these flowers mix great with regular bud as well. They may even help alter a regular high to feel a bit more relaxing. We recommend checking out the Lifter strain if you’re looking for a high-CBD profile and Cherry if you’re interested in terps.

Best CBD Brand for Pets: Honest Paws

Honest Paws receives our vote for best CBD brand made just for pets. Known for their full-spectrum CBD extract and edible treats for your furry friends. Their products are designed according to your pet’s needs and levels of strength. Proper dosage is based on your animal’s weight but can increase according to specific conditions. Products range from Peanut Butter treats. Flavors also reflect the specific need and purpose of the CBD treats. The coolest thing of all about Honest Paws? They make CBD products for all pets including dogs, cats and horses!

Most Affordable CBD Brand: The CBDistillery

CBDistillery is the best choice for CBD on a budget. They offer full-spectrum products made in the U.S. at some of the most reasonable prices available. We commend CBDistillery for not only their product pricing but their straight to the point labeling and consistency in dosage. Every product also has a QR code directly on the container. With a quick scan you can instantly see the lab results of your product. The cost and precise labeling makes this an excellent choice for beginners too.

Most Interesting CBD Products: Hemp Bombs

Hemp Bombs definitely has some of the most unique applications of CBD available right now! If you’re interesting in exploring outside of extracts or capsules, Hemp Bombs has something to spice up your CBD routine. Edible lovers will enjoy their wide selection of gummies, energy drink style CBD “shots” and lollipops. From CBD Tattoo Ointment to cold therapy cream for pain, even beard oil, there is something within the Hemp Bombs line that just about everyone can enjoy.

Most Scientific Approach: Ambary Gardens

Ambary Gardens doesn’t mess around when it comes to the science behind CBD. They use all their own hemp grown specifically for CBD production followed by a thorough testing process that occurs at their own in-house lab. Ambary Gardens’ strains are naturally low in THC and make some of the purest CBD products possible. From tinctures to gel capsules, to specific products for conditions such as skin repair and muscle recovery.  If you’re looking for a CBD isolate (only the CBD without any elements of the hemp flower) or a high potency, full spectrum extract, look no further.

Highest Potency CBD Brand: cbdMD

cbdMD is another broad spectrum CBD brand that tops our best brands every year. With a wide range of products including tinctures, gummies, topicals, capsules, sleep aids, bath bombs and beyond. While there are plenty of brands that offer those products, cbdMD far exceeds the rest in its sheer potency. Their strongest oil contains a whopping 7500 mg of CBD (or 250 mg per serving). One product in particular, CBD Freeze Pain Roll On, will never go unnoticed for its potency and success.

Bonus: Linx Vapors High-end Vape Pens


Vaping is one of the most popular ways to consume CBD. When vaping CBD oil it is absorbed instantly thus offering immediate relief compared to other consumption methods. You will also experience the pure terpene flavor that is lost with other methods. So, if you enjoy vaping CBD why not go with the very best? Linx Vapors offers some of the highest quality vape pens on the market right now with features such as ceramic atomizers (the piece that heats up the vape juice). Ceramic atomizers guarantee the flavor that you’re paying for is delivered without contamination. Two of our favorite Linx Vapors include the Blaze Onyx Concentrate Vaporizer and the Eden Vaporizer for full flower.


Between the above ten companies, you should have no problems at all finding just the right solution for you. Whether you’re looking for raw hemp flower, a high potency extract or maybe just some nice treats for your pet, this list is a start into finding a product that works for you.

If you are looking for a little more guidance, check out our guide to choosing the best CBD product for you.


Hemp VIDA+

CBD Infusionz

Pharm Organics

Subduction Coffee+Hemp

Dr. Dabber

Velobar CBD

Evo Hemp

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5 Proven Ways CBD Can Benefit Working Out

Whether you’re an athlete or just starting a gym routine, adding CBD can benefit working out and recovery. You might be struggling to get back into the gym the next day due to soreness or possibly sleep poorly due to pain. We want to walk you through the 5 ways CBD can benefit working out and why you may want to consider supplementing with CBD. 

Defining CBD

Cannabidiol is the derived products from the hemp plant. It is not addictive and does not create dependency. Hemp-derived CBD has very low amounts of THC, approximately 0.3%. Cannabidiol counteracts the effects of THC, such as bringing mental balance thus limiting the occurrence of any psychoactive effects. 

If purchasing CBD from a local dispensary or directly online from brands, keep an eye out for trusted full spectrum products. The full spectrum offers a broad range of benefits. For instance, a range of cannabinoids, CBD, THC, terpenes, and other nutritional elements are packed in full-spectrum products. These each play a part in your workout routine and recovery period. 

How CBD benefits workout and fitness

Studies have shown that CBD on fitness aims at enhancing endurance by boosting performance levels, increasing energy during the workout, and promoting a faster and more thorough healing process. Here is how CBD benefits workout routines.

Fights inflammation and pain

A strenuous workout results in micro-tears of your muscles. These tears cause immense inflammation, which can cause pain within the body. A workout is a significant reason for your soreness and the lingering injuries that never cease. The continuous pain you feel in the joints results from inadequate rest and no time to allow complete recovery.

In 2017,  one study confirmed the potentiality of CBD in reducing inflammation. CBD showed prospects that with the supplement of this plant into their routine it prevented further pain development. As a result, it ensured that no more nerve damage was occurring, protecting from arthritis, especially in the joints.

Induces and retains better sleep

Sleep allows for muscle recovery, especially after a busy day and a strenuous routine in the evening. However, soreness and continuous inflammation can disrupt your sleep. Finding a way to keep the pain at bay will assure better sleep.

Studies indicate that CBD can induce sleep and help retain all the sleep stages before an individual awakes. These studies suggest an improvement in the sleeping patterns for 67% of the participants. Cannabidiol helps soothe the soreness by fighting the inflammation and reducing the pain.

The relaxation and calm environment CBD induces pulls you to sleep within a short while. The muscles have a chance to fully recover as CBD promotes better healing and recovery. It prepares your muscles to take what the next day has to offer.

Relieves performance-related anxieties and stress

Athletes and anyone with an active lifestyle face many challenges while carrying out their day to day routines. Some encounter bouts of anxiety from high stress which can affect their performance levels. The stress associated with the daily routines and the pressure to perform well can also cause a lot of damage to self-esteem and confidence levels.

Supplementing with CBD oil can change this discomfort associated with general anxiety. Studies show that CBD can even protect the brain, preventing further damage. These neuroprotective capabilities provide relief from associated anxieties and enhance the cognitive functions of an individual. 

Improves overall performance

Personal performance is easily affected by the smallest elements in a person’s workout routine. If muscles are too sore, then performance is likely lower than normal.

CBD helps in reducing muscle inflammation, which enhances  endurance levels. With the added relief and quicker recovery time you can continue strenuous activities. CBD can also aid in sleep which is couples well with CBD for improved muscle regeneration. 


The popularity of CBD has increased dramatically over the years and for a good reason. People from all walks of life have found the power in the plant especially athletes. Supplementing your workout routine with CBD is a viable way to both help aid in recovery, muscle inflammation, sleep, stress, and overall performance. There are a variety of different methods to adding CBD to your wellness routine including capsules, oils, vapes and topicals.

About the Author

Jessica is a Professional Writer and Content Creator at specializing in CBD, Medical Cannabis & Hemp. She contributes to some of the leading marijuana blogs and magazines in the cannabis industry.


How to Make Your Own Cannabis Tincture

What is a Tincture?

What exactly are cannabis tinctures? One of the friendliest (and most convenient) places to start your journey into cannabis for wellness is through a tincture. Tinctures consist of any sort of herb concentrated into a base. The most common base for infusion include alcohol, oil and sometimes water. Alcohol is typically used to completely extract THC and CBD to get the most of its medicinal properties.

The ever-growing market of cannabis consumption has been centered around smoking methods but there has been a growing interest in more discreet and easy to consume alternatives. Enter cannabis tinctures. These infused herbal remedies have made a more notorious presence in dispensaries over the past few years.

Tinctures have been used in medicine long before medicinal cannabis was an option. The first form of medicinal cannabis was first presented to the United States as a tincture which has since remained.

Whether you are new to incorporating cannabis into your lifestyle or have previous experience, tinctures are one of the best ways to receive the full benefits of cannabis. Tinctures uphold the countless terpenes and cannabinoid properties that cannabis has to offer. Tinctures are also a great option to control dosage amounts.

Most cannabis tinctures are made using medical strains, meaning that high-CBD flower is the preferred option for making a tincture that works! If you’re looking to start making your own tincture, we recommend using Canna Comforts Raw Hemp Flower to start.

How Do I Consume it?

Consuming tincture-based cannabis is rather simple since it usually comes in small glass bottles with a drop counter. Similar to edibles, tinctures are consumed orally and can also be added to any dish or drink. Alternatively, tinctures act faster than most consumption methods.

To start, it is recommended to ingest 1 to 2 ml per day. To consume, place 1 or 2 ml directly under your tongue. We recommend adding tincture into any drink or dish to avoid the bitter taste. Wait 30 minutes to one hour to access the effects. If you are not satisfied with the effects, you may need to increase the dosage.

There are really no limits to what you can add your tincture to, including:

  • Coffee
  • Soup
  • Salad dressing
  • Juice
  • Baked goods
  • Water

Best DIY Tincture Recipe

For any tincture you DIY, this is a list of essential ingredients and measurements:
  • 1|2 ounce of cannabis trimmed flower
  • High-proof alcohol (typically a cup per half an ounce)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Mason jar
  • Oven safe pan
  • Measuring cups
  • Gloves

Step 1: Decarboxylate your cannabis or concentrate. Grind your cannabis flower and spread it on a baking sheet before setting the temperature to 230 degrees for 110 minutes. Cover your weed with aluminum foil paper.

Step 2: Put your decarboxylated weed in your designated bottle or mason glass and pour the alcohol until the flowers are grounded to the bottom. Make sure you place a lid on the bottle.

Step 3: Store your bottle in a cool and dark place for at least 2 weeks. The fridge is a great alternative as well if you live in a warmer climate. Shake tincture for 30 seconds at least once a day.

Step 4: Once the tincture itself is ready make sure you strain it. Use a cheesecloth to strain the tincture into a measuring glass, you can repeat the straining process a couple of times to ensure a higher quality end product.

Step 5: Finally store your tincture properly in a dropper bottle, this is important so you can keep track of your consumption and doses. It is key to store it in a cool and dark environment. Keep in mind that air, light and moist as well as heat may decrease the potency drastically.

Alternative Blender Recipe: Dragon Tincture Recipe 

Step 1: Decarboxylate your flower into a fine consistency before blending it with alcohol.

Step 2: Blend with high quality proof alcohol in a blender. Add mixture directly into a mason jar. Make sure to tightly secure the jar.

Step 3: Simmer at least half of the jar in a water bath at 170 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: Strain it at least 3 times and squeeze the cheesecloth using gloves to keep the substance as pure as possible before storing it into a cool and dark environment.

Benefits of Tinctures

First off, there are not many side effects on a psychoactive level due to the high-CBD strain. The tincture is a fast, simple way to consume CBD and all of its benefits. Continuous sublingual use may lead to mouth irritation.

Tinctures are a great alternative to people who do not enjoy smoking cannabis or are looking for a more low-profile consumption method to enjoy it.

They are low-calorie and low-sugar alternatives in terms of choosing a consumption method. Whether you are looking to count calories or watch your sugar intake, tinctures are a great choice.

Tinctures typically have longer shelf-life than edibles. Additionally, tinctures are quite flexible when it comes to getting creative with consumption. Enjoy making your own medicated edibles, juices, drinks, soups, sauces and whatever you can think of!

About the Author

Ella is a content manager at fvkasa, which is a platform dedicated to providing all the information that people need to know about cannabis and its benefits.

5 Ways CBD Can Help Athletes’ Performance

If you are a athlete or someone involved in sports, you are likely familiar with the feeling of exhaustion from game day or a tough workout. You may also be familiar with feelings of nausea or fatigue from dehydration.

These factors are just a few concerns for athletes that you might have experienced at certain points in your athletic career. Athletes are starting to look towards CBD products as an all-natural alternative to help aid in conditions such as muscle fatigue, inflammation and pain relief. In this article we break down five ways CBD can help an athlete’s overall performance.

CBD Improves Sleep

Athletes often suffer from insomnia and lack of sleep due to aching muscles, long hours of practice and exhausting workout routines. If you are an athlete looking to improve sleep, your solution might be as simple as incorporating a daily CBD product into your routine.

One of the main cannabinoids, THC, is known for inducing sleep while also aiding people with sleep apnea. THC can even help those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by suppressing dreams. On the other hand, CBD, the other main active ingredient in cannabis can aid in easing daytime fatigue and REM sleep disorder.

CBD has been shown to improve sleep quality and duration while reducing the effects of fatigue. Overall, having deeper sleep and waking up with refreshed energy will have a dramatic impact on your overall performance.

If you are looking for an alternative to conventional sleep medications that can otherwise be habit-forming, you might want to consider looking into cannabis products as an alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a common condition most athletes will experience. CBD products have been proven through scientific studies to decrease inflammation.

CBD can help fight inflammation that often leads to muscle soreness and higher levels of stress within the body. Studies have also shown that CBD can help in conditions like psoriasis, lupus and Crohn’s disease.

Whether you’re an athlete who suffers from muscle and connective tissue pain or someone who is recovering from a past surgery or injury, CBD may be a great alternative to you. CBD has also been shown to help speed the healing process or looking for an alternative medicine solution.

The options are endless when it comes to choosing a CBD product to reduce inflammation. While vaping and flower are great for instant relief, topical products and tinctures are great for localized treatment and prolonged relief. One of our favorite topicals to use for muscle soreness is Ambary Gardens Muscle Recovery topical.

Aids in Concussions and Brain Injuries

If you have ever been an athlete or have known someone who has played sports you may be familiar with concussions. Recent research has been focusing on the impact of sports on brain injuries.

Researchers are particularly interested in the effects of CBD in the area of brain injuries, and many studies show a clear connection between CBD and the brain, with most of the emphasis on the neuroprotective properties of cannabidiol.

Further research suggests that cannabidiol may be effective in reversing some types of brain injuries, or preventing further damage from severe brain injuries as they heal.

How in the world can cannabis help reverse brain injuries? CBD promotes the growth of new neurons, which act as replacements for neurons damaged during the injury to increase brain functioning. You can learn more about CBD for concussions and brain injuries in this article.

Muscle Recovery

Post-training, athletes will likely experience muscle fatigue, pain, stiffness and other symptoms.

For athletes who want to improve performance and quickly heal after long hours can benefit with the inclusion of cannabis for muscle recovery. 

Recent initial findings  from research and studies find that cannabis can help in countering delayed onset muscle soreness otherwise known as DOMS. (Gillman et al, Cannabis and Exercise Science, 2015)

CBD-rich strains have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to counter muscle soreness and aid in a faster workout recovery.

Try topical solutions and salves containing high concentrations of CBD to aid in muscle pain and speed in the recovery process.

Improves Digestion and Hunger Levels

One of the main concerns of athletes is obtaining a well-balanced diet, optimal digestion and proper nutrition to feed muscles. One problem that athletes often run into is not eating enough calories to supplement their active lifestyle.

Cannabis is a safe and effective way to stimulate appetite. Powerlifters, MMA fighters, and other athletes with demanding eating regimens often find that cannabis encourages them to take in more calories for sustained energy. Studies show that cannabis can help in improving the appetite by increasing levels of ghrelin and leptin, two hunger-regulating hormones.

CBD can also help with digestion issues such as constipation, indigestion, and internal inflammation.


Cannabis is well known among athletes to aid in easing inflammation, sleep, muscle recovery, digestion and internal injuries. The most common form of cannabis product used among athletes are topical solutions including  lotions and salves for localized pain.

Other options to help athletes performance include gummies, CBD flower, and full-spectrum CBD vape pens. One of our favorite ways to ease sore muscles after sports includes a warm epsom salt bath with a CBD infused bath bomb for a little R&R.

About the Author

Bertha Garrett is deeply involved in the cannabis industry. She worked as a budtender for 2 years. Now she handles content at Canna Clinic.

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How to Choose the Best CBD Product for What Ails You

CBD is growing in popularity among all kinds of people with all kinds of symptoms, and for good reason. CBD has been demonstrated to help treat a variety of conditions without any of the mind-altering effects of THC. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anxiolytic, hypnotic, antipyretic, antispasmodic, and neuroprotective benefits, according to mounting research.

While CBD may be helpful to many people for symptom management, it can also be confusing or even intimidating to find the right products for you. This is because there are literally thousands of different products from hundreds of brands, each making different (and sometimes outlandish) claims about their ability to heal. In such a crowded market, it can be hard to choose the best CBD product for what ails you.

So, how do you navigate the crowded field of CBD products to find the best products for you and your body? Not to worry, we’re here to guide you each step of the way. Here, we’ll cover everything you need to know about how to choose the best CBD product(s) for your symptoms, body, and wellness goals. 

Before beginning in earnest, we open with a brief discussion of how CBD works with your body’s natural processes. We’ll then give some general guidelines for choosing the best CBD product for what ails you, then discuss individual CBD product types in detail. We’ll illuminate the types of symptoms each CBD product type might be best for, including tips and tricks to get the most from your dose. We’ll also drop a few product recommendations to help you in your search.

How CBD Behaves In Your Body

CBD has been shown to have widespread positive regulatory effects on the body’s processes. In layman’s terms, this means that CBD acts to help reduce extremes, supporting and improving homeostasis. It does this by interacting with your endocannabinoid system, a system of receptors and chemical messengers throughout your body.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system’s receptors to influence different processes in the body. It has been demonstrated to soothe and prevent seizures, alleviate pain, quell inflammation, calm anxiety, ease depression, and reduce inflammation throughout the body. 

This anti-inflammatory action is at the heart of most of CBD’s health effects. This is because inflammation is a common thread in many different diseases. In fact, some researchers believe that all disease is rooted in inflammation, called the Inflammation Theory of Disease. CBD reduces the severity of symptoms by alleviating the inflammation in different parts of your body.

Because the receptors CBD acts on are located throughout your body, there isn’t really a system that CBD can’t be used to help regulate. It can even be applied to the skin for fast-acting relief at the site of pain. While CBD acts consistently across different body symptoms, it may take different lengths of time to become effective depending on your dosing method.

How to Choose the Best CBD Product for Your Body

CBD behaves consistently throughout the body, but can be absorbed a couple of different ways to achieve these effects. This is the key difference between all the types of otherwise-equal CBD products. Onset time and duration are major considerations when choosing a CBD product for your needs and symptoms.

Generally speaking, vapor products and raw hemp flower have the fastest onset time of any CBD product. This is because these products deliver CBD to the bloodstream quickly through the soft tissues of the lungs, providing systemic relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and other conditions. Relief is fast: people usually feel better within 15 minutes of using one of these products. 

Topicals also tend to take effect quickly (within 15-30 minutes) because of their interaction with endocannabinoid receptors in the skin. This property can make topical CBD very useful to provide targeted relief at the source of discomfort. It’s also good for alleviating sudden symptoms like muscle spasms or cramping. 

CBD tinctures and oils tend to take effect within an hour or so, depending on how they are formulated as well as how they are taken. Water-soluble formulas often have a quicker onset time than traditional oil-based tinctures, but relief can be accelerated by holding the product in the mouth as long as possible instead of swallowing it. This allows the tincture to be absorbed by the soft tissues of the mouth and makes tinctures and oils a very versatile choice.

Edibles like gummies, softgels, and capsules have the longest onset time of any CBD product. This is because they are absorbed through the digestive tract which, as anyone who has ever taken a THC edible can tell you, causes a highly variable absorption rate. While it may take up to two hours to feel relief with CBD edibles, they also provide long-lasting symptom relief. Many people report being using CBD edibles and softgels for all-day comfort, making these products ideal for chronic conditions.

CBD Softgels, Capsules, & Edibles

Long-lasting CBD products like edibles, capsules, and softgels are our favorite way to achieve consistent relief that lasts for hours. Since they’re absorbed through the digestive system, these products tend to take longer to absorb compared to other delivery methods. That long onset time, however, is also accompanied by hour after hour of comfort due to the long-acting nature of CBD absorbed via the stomach and intestines. 

If you like the idea of long-lasting comfort and wellness support but aren’t so into the thought of waiting two hours to feel better, we suggest pairing an edible dose of CBD with something that takes effect a bit quicker. For immediate relief, consider a vape pen, a bowl of organic hemp flower, or a topical CBD product to get the ball rolling. You might also take a look at tinctures, especially water-based formulas that are easier for your body to absorb. 

We especially like edible CBD for management of chronic conditions that don’t often have acute symptoms. These products are our favorite for preventing flare-ups and managing low-grade but persistent symptoms. While they all fall into the same category of effectiveness, edible CBD products are potentially useful because of their diversity — they quite literally offer something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of classic softgels or enjoy the tasty treat offered by a flavorful gummy, there is an edible CBD product for you. 

We especially like the softgels from Joy Organics, but we’re also fond of the vegan capsules offered by cbdMD. If gummies are more your thing, you might consider the tasty vegan gummies offered by cbdMD. Made with tapioca starch instead of gelatin, you can feel confident treating your symptoms without supporting animal cruelty. We also like the CBD peach rings from Seabedee (or the sour gummy bears, if you’re so inclined) for a tasty and effective systemic dose of organic CBD.

Tinctures & CBD Oils

CBD tinctures come in many different flavors, dosage strengths, and formulations. Unlike edibles, which must be absorbed in the stomach, tinctures offer a bit more flexibility in CBD dosing. They can be taken sublingually (dropped under the tongue and held there for a minute or two) or ingested orally by either swallowing immediately or mixing with food or beverages. 

The versatility of tinctures makes them helpful in treating a wide range of symptoms, from pain and inflammation to fever to anxiety. They can also provide CBD newcomers more flexibility with their dosing. This makes it possible to “feel out” what dosing strategy works best for you without committing to multiple products immediately.

We enjoy the line of tinctures available from Joy Organics (the lemon flavor is our favorite!). We also like the traditional oil-based tinctures carried by cbdMD, which are available in a wide variety of flavors for all palates. If you find that water-soluble tinctures are better for you, we suggest taking a look at the tinctures offered by Binoid, which come in an array of flavors that mix perfectly with food and beverages.

Taking tinctures sublingually can greatly accelerate their onset time — within 30 minutes for many, as opposed to over an hour in some cases. However, that rapid onset time comes at a bit of a price. Usually, the longer a product takes to set in, the longer its effects last. 

Generally, water-soluble tinctures will take effect more quickly than oil-based CBD, though this may vary from person to person. We like using tinctures for balanced relief that acts relatively quickly and remains effective throughout our day. However, if you’re in need of immediate relief, you might consider CBD vape products or hemp flower

CBD Vapor Products & Hemp Flower

When you’re in need of immediate relief from severe symptoms, there are few things better than a CBD vaporizer or a bowl of organic hemp flower. Unlike oral dosing methods, inhaled CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the tissues of the lungs. This delivery method provides near-instantaneous relief, though the effects will only last about 4-6 hours or so.

We prefer to inhale CBD when we need to alleviate acute symptoms. These might include spasms, pain, seizures, and other rapid-onset symptoms. Inhaled CBD in the form of a vape or bowl offers the added benefit of convenient dosing. While it’s less precise compared to oral methods, it is easier to discern whether or not you need more to feel better.

We love the vape pens and cartridges from Joy Organics, but more CBD companies are starting to up their vapor game. CBDistillery carries an excellent line of flavorful vapor pens that are free of shady additives and unpronounceable ingredients. The physician-formulated vape from Earth Medicine is also worth checking out for vapor enthusiasts.

When reaching for hemp flower, we trust the organic buds from Canna Comforts. Created to look, smell, taste, and smoke just like cannabis without the high, the hemp flower from Canna Comforts is sure to provide soothing relief — with the quickness. Reach for a prerolled joint or palm wrap if you don’t have the time to load a bowl or roll your own

CBD Topicals

Another excellent option for fast relief at the site of discomfort, topicals are an integral part of symptom management routines for many people. These products act quickly because they interact with cannabinoid receptors in the skin, inducing faster effects. Especially when paired with beneficial botanical ingredients, topical CBD can be a game-changer for chronic pain management. These products may also benefit certain skin conditions as well.

While there’s lots of information to cover about CBD topicals (check out more details here), there are a few basic product types we can recommend. For severe pain, tension, and muscle spasms, we swear by the Freeze roll-on from cbdMD (get the 1500mg strength for maximum effectiveness — it’s worth it, we promise). 

For more skin-soothing benefits, we like the pain creams offered by Joy Organics and Canna Comforts. These creams are perfect for alleviating dry, itchy skin as well as soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints. For those with sensitive skin, we highly recommend the CBD pain gel from Earth Medicine — its lightweight formula absorbs quickly and is non-comedogenic.


Sorting through the different CBD products available online can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Knowing just a couple of general principles can help you narrow the field considerably, finding the best CBD product for what ails you (or your loved ones). It may take a bit of experimentation to find your Holy Grail CBD products, but the relief is well worth the work it takes to get there. Check out our  CBD buyer’s guide for more information about how to choose the best CBD product for you — and skip the rest.

Which Local Drug Stores Carry CBD? A Guide to 5 Top Pharmacies

With more and more people reaching for CBD to manage everything from chronic pain to cardiovascular disease, popular retailers are starting to stock CBD products on their shelves. It’s likely a matter of time before CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, enters the mainstream in earnest. Signs of this popularization are evident on the shelves of major retailers, largely in the health and beauty industries. However, local drug stores are starting to get in on the action, too. A growing number of drug store chains carry CBD products on store shelves.

While the unclear legal status of CBD remains an obstacle for many national retailers, an increasing number of chain drug stores are stocking CBD in some states. Because of the patchy availability of CBD, finding which local drug stores carry CBD can be challenging. As a general rule, states with legal cannabis programs have more brick-and-mortar CBD buying options.

Here, we examine the availability of CBD at the top five drug stores in the US, taking a close look at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and Kroger. We’ll find out which local drug stores carry CBD products, what types of products they offer, where to find them in stores, and which brands they work with. 

Which Local Drug Stores Carry CBD Products?

While CBD products aren’t quite mainstream yet, the tide is shifting that way quickly. Currently, CBD products are available in some capacity at each of the biggest national pharmacies. However, it isn’t quite that simple. Due to state restrictions and a lack of clarity at the federal level about the legal status of hemp, national chains sometimes face roadblocks to stocking CBD. For this reason, which local drug stores carry CBD depends largely on where you live.

Since all forms of hemp and marijuana remain illegal in South Dakota, Idaho, and Nebraska, you won’t be able to purchase CBD products of any kind in physical stores in these states. However, other states allow the sale of CBD in stores, though some have restrictions surrounding the licensing for would-be CBD retailers. 

These restrictions are the main reason that CBD isn’t (yet) available nationwide. Think about it: CBD is a booming industry, and businesses of all types are eager to cash in. In order to do so, however, they have to work with state regulatory agencies to sell CBD and hemp products legally. Companies take different approaches to this (which we’ll discuss individually), and consequently offer different products.

There’s an additional complication to consider when looking for CBD at your local drug store too: you may not be able to find what you need. Most major retailers only carry topicals at this time, not tinctures or other consumables. This is largely due to unclear FDA regulation of CBD ingestibles, which muddy the legal waters of CBD sales for pharmacies. 

Until the FDA decides to stop their nonsense (and we aren’t holding our breath there), you’re not likely to find CBD tinctures, gummies, or softgels consistently on drugstore shelves any time soon. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find which local drug stores carry CBD in your area — just that it may take some hunting.


The single largest pharmacy chain in the nation, CVS is one of the chains of drug stores carrying CBD products in a number of states. These include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas. The pharmacy giant is working continuously to make CBD available in more states across the nation.

CVS has elected to carry only CBD topicals at this time. We understand this (rather conservative) approach, whether or not we fully agree with it — they are a national retailer, after all. Don’t get it twisted, though; the store’s focus on topicals hasn’t stopped them from carrying a diverse array of formulas to suit a variety of needs and symptoms

While the selection of products varies from state to state and from store to store, CVS works with a variety of different CBD brands. These include brands we know and love, like PlusCBD Oil and Charlotte’s Web, that produce quality products at affordable prices. This gives us hope that CVS is sourcing their CBD products responsibly, focusing on quality over quantity.

That said, the ubiquitous drug store also has the quantity aspect covered pretty well, too. A cursory look at their selection of topical CBD products shows a little bit of everything. From pain creams to roll-ons to skincare products to hair and body treatments, CVS carries a little something for every need. 

We appreciate this move on the pharmacy’s part. While they’re taking their time stocking every component of a complete CBD regimen, they appear to acknowledge the diverse potential of CBD. This awareness is reflected in the variety of the products they stock, which includes everything from high-dosage pain products to bath and body care items.


Another dynamo of the local pharmacy industry, Walgreens offers CBD products in nearly 1,500 stores across 18 states. These include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Washington state. Walgreens continues to work with states to offer CBD in stores, and this list is likely to grow longer with time.

Like CVS, Walgreens has made the decision to limit their CBD selection to topical creams, sprays, and patches. This isn’t an outrageous stance, though we feel that the line the FDA and, consequently, major retailers appear to draw between topicals and edibles seems a bit, well, arbitrary. The company states that this is in the interest of offering a wider range of wellness products to their customers. 

However, we should note that Walgreens is less open about the CBD products and brands compared to other retailers. Compared to other drug stores carry CBD, we aren’t quite convinced yet. We can’t help but cock an eyebrow at this: none of their CBD products are listed on their website, so there isn’t really any way of knowing what your store carries without showing up there in person. 

We get it — get people in the door, and they’re more likely to buy since they’re already there and they want it now. That said, we’re a bit skeptical of this strategy. Rather than empowering buyers to make informed decisions, there’s something here that feels a bit disingenuous, sort of like they’re banking on people grabbing what’s available because they need it right then. This strategy doesn’t seem to account for product efficacy or quality, which makes us leery.

While we can’t speak to the CBD products offered at Walgreens, we feel a little weird about their strategy as it appears. As a group of people pretty devoted to increasing transparency, not being able to even view available products online feels kind of shady. 

While it may be convenient, we aren’t sure how much to trust Walgreens. Since there isn’t clarity about the consistency of products from state to state (or even store to store), what’s true at our local pharmacy may not be true at another across town, or across state lines. We aren’t saying you shouldn’t go to Walgreens for CBD, but we are saying that we’d sure like more publicly available information about the products they carry.

Rite Aid

A relative newcomer (and rather small player) in national CBD retail, Rite Aid launched a pilot program selling CBD in Oregon and Washington state. Since rolling out the pilot program in April of 2019, the company hasn’t yet voiced plans to expand the program to other states — but we think it’s likely they’ll eventually branch out across the nation. Beginning in legal states, Rite Aid is one of the growing number of drug stores carry CBD products.

Rite Aid has also decided to sell only topical CBD products and, frankly, had something  rather puzzling to say about their stance. “At this point in time,” said Chief Operations Officer Bryan Everett, “we’re only offering the topical solutions of creams, lip balms, [and] lotions.” 

That seems reasonable, but then Everett said something that was genuinely bewildering: “We won’t be carrying any of the injectables at any of our stores as part of the pilot.” Does the COO of Rite Aid actually think people are routinely injecting CBD? Is that how he thinks this works??

As CBD enthusiasts who have personally tested hundreds of hemp products, we can say with certainty that no company has ever pitched us an injectable form of CBD. Google was just as puzzled by Everett’s bizarre statement as we were: it asked, “did you mean ingestible CBD?” The few articles it did turn up for “injectable” used the term in relation to the potential of CBD to reduce overdose deaths and opioid dependence. 

We’re hoping that Mr. Everett misspoke, but his statement doesn’t give us much confidence about Rite Aid’s knowledge about the products they’re selling. The fact that the names of the brands they sell aren’t publicly available (at least, not readily) doesn’t help the case, either. While the availability of CBD at Rite Aid may be convenient for Washingtonians and Oregonians, we need more information before recommending them as a CBD source. 


Walmart is sort of a technicality here, and we’ll tell you why: they do not carry CBD products in any of their physical store locations. We recognize this doesn’t quite fit the bill of this article, but we feel it’s worth noting, and watching, how Walmart handles the question of local drug stores carry CBD products. If there’s anything we can count on Walmart to do, it’s to seize whatever portion of the market they can. That seizure appears to be quite strategic — again, unsurprising — and begins online.

Walmart has chosen to sell CBD products online exclusively, likely to determine interest in advance of stocking products on shelves. They currently work with only two brands: Medterra and Procanna. The two brands are available through the store’s online sales portal, though the orders are fulfilled by discount supplement company VitaSprings.

The limited brand availability shouldn’t be mistaken as a lack of product variety, though. Since they’re only selling online and not in physical stores, Walmart has chosen to offer softgels, tinctures, and other ingestibles alongside topicals. They have also elected to carry pet products, a potential boon to pet owners. It’s notable that, at the time of this writing, Walmart is the only local drugstore carry CBD products to include items for pets. 

While the prospect of CBD availability at a retail giant like Walmart is exciting in a certain light, there’s still a ways to go. Stocking of CBD products on Walmart’s site is inconsistent, and items are frequently difficult to find. This isn’t unexpected — it sometimes takes a while to figure out what sells. That said, since the point of this article is to find products available in person, we’re not fully on board with Walmart’s approach to CBD products at this time.


While they’re better known in the grocery industry, Kroger is also a major player in the world of local pharmacy chains. The retailer sells CBD products in hundreds of stores in states across the country. These include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Like other major pharmacies stocking CBD on store shelves, Kroger has elected to carry only topicals at this point. Available brands seem to vary from store to store as well as by state, but there appears to be a variety of different products available at many locations around the nation. Some of Kroger’s other local drug stores carry CBD as well, like Fred Meyer and Smith’s Food & Drug. While these stores also plan stock topical CBD products as part of Kroger’s new program, the consistency of this rollout isn’t quite clear.

While brands offered on Kroger store shelves vary from place to place, Charlotte’s Web and PlusCBD Oil are among the brands we trust known to work with Kroger. It’s hard to get a feel for what exactly is available, though checking online can help you decide which location to visit. Finding which Kroger drug stores carry CBD brands you love might take a bit of legwork.

One thing we should note about Kroger’s CBD program is that it’s a little different from other major drug stores. While it doesn’t appear consistent across all locations, some stores only offer CBD products over the counter. This means that CBD is only available for purchase at these locations during pharmacy hours, which tend to be shorter than general operating hours of the grocery store.

In a way, this approach might be a good thing, as it allows people to speak to a trained pharmacist about any concerns or questions they have about a product. However, we could also see this discouraging some people from requesting CBD products, either due to discomfort or inconvenience.


While CBD products are increasing in both popularity and availability, it will likely still be some time before any local store can be a good one-stop shop for your CBD needs. However, the growing body of drug stores carry CBD appears to be growing quickly. Selecting which local drug store to choose for CBD, if any at all, depends on your needs, symptoms, and physiology. Local drug stores carrying CBD topicals might be beneficial for many people, and we’re here for that, but we also acknowledge that they aren’t (yet) a comprehensive source for CBD wellness products. When it comes to finding which local drug stores carry CBD, we expect to continue to see the availability of these products change. 

2019 Black Friday & Cyber Monday CBD Deals Guide

The holiday season brings with it an almost baffling array of discounts, and CBD products are no exception. With special offers and deep discounts and limited-time coupons bombarding you at every turn, sorting through the roughage to find what you actually want can be daunting. As retail holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday draw ever closer, the deals pile up. In a sea of percentages off and time-sensitive pitches, how do you sort out the best CBD deals?

Not to worry, dear friend. As cannabis educators and advocates, part of our mission is to help make buying decisions simpler for our readers. Life is complicated enough, after all. In order to streamline the decision-making process, we’ve done the deal-hunting for you with our CBD Deals Guide exclusively for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019. 

We’ve created this resource as a centralized location for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers from the best brands. Here, we let you know who has the deepest discounts and when, along with any available discount codes or affiliate links you can use to save some extra cash. 

We’ll also recommend some of our favorite, most giftable products from each brand to give you ideas on how to treat a loved one (or yourself — we won’t judge). As deals change, we will keep this post updated accordingly. Consider this article your definitive Black Friday & Cyber Monday CBD deals guide.

Holiday CBD Deals & Discount Codes to Buy Online

Joy Organics

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  • The Deal: 35% off all items sitewide
  • How to Get It: use promo code blackfriday2019 at checkout
  • When it Starts: Friday, November 29, 2019
  • When it Expires: Monday, December 2, 2019

When it comes to quality CBD wellness products, Joy Organics is consistently superior. An outstanding example to CBD brands throughout the industry, Joy makes every effort possible to make products that are not just effective, but ethical as well. We especially enjoy their CBD vape cartridges (especially at this discount!) and softgel capsules for regular use. That said, we’d be remiss not to point out their skin care line in our CBD deals guide as well. 

It’s true that Joy’s skin care products are priced in line with high-end products, but your loved ones (and you) are worth the splurge. Available individually or as a bundle, each product in the line performs spectacularly against all kinds of common skin woes. We’ve used it to help with dryness, fine lines, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, cystic acne… all with resounding success. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts make the price tag a bit more justifiable, especially if you’re shopping for a skincare junkie.

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Canna Comforts

  • The Deal: 40% off all items sitewide for Black Friday, 35% off for Cyber Monday
  • How to Get It: Enter code Blackfriday19 at checkout for Black Friday, or Cyber19 on Monday
  • When it Starts: Now!
  • When it Expires: Friday, November 29, 2019 and Monday, December 2, 2019 respectively

Don’t get us wrong, we love our CBD tinctures and gummies very much. That said, we also love flower, even if we don’t always love the psychoactive effects of THC. Enter Canna Comforts, our favorite source for delicious hemp flower strains that look, smell, taste, and smoke just like the top-shelf cannabis strains that inspired them. A staple of our CBD routine, our Black Friday CBD deals guide wouldn’t be complete without Canna Comforts.

Capable of converting even the most skeptical of stoners, the hemp flower from Canna Comforts is masterfully cultivated in Colorado according to strict organic standards. The raw flower is then tested for cannabinoid content, purity, and quality before being rolled into delightful joints and palm wraps, processed into CBD kief, or simply bagged as raw, dense nugs of CBD dankness to be enjoyed. 

While they won’t get you high (like, at all), we get the same benefits from this hemp flower that we do from our more civilian doses. We also get the experience of smoking a bowl of delicious flower, which we truly enjoy for reasons other than the high of THC. Of course, if you’re so inclined, you can also browse Canna Comforts’ tinctures, edibles, bath products, and lip balms for more familiar items. That said, we cannot recommend the hemp flower strongly enough, and this Black Friday deal is an excellent opportunity to test the proverbial waters.

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  • The Deal: 30% off all items sitewide
  • How to Get It: Enter promo code KEY2CBD30 at checkout
  • When it Starts: Now!
  • When it Expires: Saturday, November 30 at 11:59 pm MST
  • Cyber Monday Encore: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 12:00 am MST until 11:59 pm MST

CBDistillery is a consistently impressive brand with a lot to offer. Each product from their diverse line is made with organic, domestic hemp and without unnecessary additives. The company’s high standards are reflected in the quality of their products, which pack a therapeutic punch of CBD for effective symptom relief. 

We especially like the vape pens from CBDistillery — in fact, they’re some of our favorites we’ve tried to date. Available in a wide assortment of natural, terpene-rich flavors, the disposable vape pens contain no suspicious additives like propylene glycol or vitamin E acetate. While it’s true that reusable pens would be more sustainable, we’re willing to take the hit in the interest of preserving our pulmonary health (but do please dispose of the spent batteries responsibly).

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Hemp Bombs

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  • The Deal: 33% off all items sitewide
  • How to Get It: Enter promo code SAVEBIG at checkout
  • When it Starts: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 12:00 am EST
  • When it Expires: Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 12:00 am EST

When it comes to creating innovative CBD products you don’t see every day, Hemp Bombs is our go-to brand. While we have other favorites, Hemp Bombs holds a special place in our hearts for their commitment to product diversity. And, since each item they offer is certified free of THC, their line is accessible to most anyone. Hemp Bombs is a key part of our holiday CBD deals guide for their bold and beneficial products.

With novel products like CBD relaxation shots, a hemp-infused beard care bundle, tattoo balm, and even a CBD lube, Hemp Bombs is an ideal resource for the CBD fan who has it all. Each of their unique products offers a creative way to give the therapeutic gift of CBD to your loved one. Furthermore, with their Black Friday discount, you can afford to treat yourself as well as that special someone!

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Earth Medicine

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  • The Deal: 40% off all items sitewide plus Free Shipping
  • How to Get It: Enter promo code CYBERCBD at checkout 
  • When it Starts: Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST
  • When it Expires: Unknown at present, but expect the deal to last until at least 11:59 pm PST on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Earth Medicine is exactly the type of brand we love to support. Don’t let their limited product line fool you: each item is formulated with careful consideration and quality ingredients. They’re also created with credibility in mind; crafted with domestic, organic CBD, each product is individually evaluated, vetted, and recommended by a physician before going to market.

Rigorously batch-tested, meticulously formulated, and sustainably produced, Earth Medicine offers the total package. We especially like their vape, but their topical CBD gel is a standout product that’s especially good for oily skin prone to breakouts. While their Black Friday deal is a bit nebulous at this time, significant savings on CBD are assured for the duration of the sale and we felt the products warrant a spot in our holiday CBD deals guide.

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Savage CBD

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  • The Deal: 40% off all items sitewide PLUS free domestic shipping on all orders
  • How to Get It: Use this link and enter code BFCM40 at checkout
  • When it Starts: Friday, November 29, 2019 
  • When it Expires: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Savage CBD has grown significantly as a brand since they first started out, and we’re proud of their evolution. They’ve poured much of their energy and focus into creating a diverse line of CBD topicals that differ from the usual roll-ons and balms (though they also have those). The collection includes products for both people and pets, with a focus on sun care and protection.

As a brand, Savage CBD has learned that transparency is immensely important to consumers. Since they do not perform their own extractions, the Savage team has implemented some heavy accountability practices with the suppliers they work with. This is exactly the type of accountability we want to see more of in the industry, and we feel it’s worth supporting (and a mention in our holiday CBD deals guide). This Black Friday, check out Savage CBD for the sun-loving someone in your life.

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black friday cyber monday cbd deals guide 2019

  • The Deal: Free 300 mg tincture of your choice with purchase of $50 or more
  • How to Get It: Simply add your chosen tincture to your cart: the discount will be applied automatically at checkout
  • When it Starts: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 12:00 am 
  • When it Expires: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59 pm
  • Bonus Savings: This offer is valid in conjunction with our year-round promo code, KEY15, for 15% off your order at checkout

For reliably effective CBD products at reasonable prices, it’s hard to beat cbdMD. Each of the brand’s diverse items is formulated by medical professionals using premium CBD made from organic, domestic hemp. From topical pain relief products (the roll-on is DOPE) to powerful bath bombs to delightful gummies, cbdMD offers something for every CBD enthusiast. This variety and consistency cemented cbdMD’s spot in our holiday CBD deals guide. 

We especially like the flavor assortment from cbdMD. Our favorites include the berry and orange varieties, but the peppermint is a perennial favorite of ours as well. This consideration for flavor extends to their pet tinctures as well, which include flavors like peanut butter, catnip, and apple alongside unflavored offerings. Put their Cyber Monday deal to good use and check out cbdMD for your therapeutic CBD needs.

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Charlotte’s Web


  • The Deal: 25% off all items sitewide 
  • How to Get It: Use this link and enter promo code BLACKFRIDAY25 at checkout
  • When it Starts: Now! 
  • When it Expires: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 11:00 pm

With a simple (but efficient) product line aimed at both humans and their animal companions, Charlotte’s Web is a perfect brand for pet lovers of all stripes. The company pairs their organic hemp extract with natural flavorings and minimally processed ingredients, yielding products that are as wholesome as they are effective.

The brand’s line of pet treats is exceptional among competitors and definitely merited a spot in our holiday CBD deals guide. Made with real meat and healthy supporting ingredients for calming and brain-boosting effects. The treats contain a hefty dose of therapeutic CBD and are competitively priced even at full retail. With their Black Friday sale, Charlotte’s Web offers the chance to spoil your loved ones — both two- and four-legged.

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While Black Friday is a notoriously hectic time of year, it doesn’t have to be exasperating. Skip the frustration (and the crowds!) by taking advantage of online CBD retailers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the best CBD products. Take this opportunity to give your loved one (or yourself!) something that will help support wellness long after the tree sheds its needles. Our holiday CBD deals guide gives you everything you need to shop smarter, not harder.

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CBD for Kids: Is CBD Safe for Children?

The application of CBD for kids’ health elicits strong reactions from many people. Some say that the cannabis-related (hemp) origin of the compound makes it unsuitable for children. However, a growing number of parents have found CBD effective against debilitating conditions like epilepsy, providing relief where pharmaceuticals had failed.

Ultimately, existing data on CBD is not yet sufficiently strong to prove that it’s safe for use in children. Since long before cannabis legalization, people around the globe have been using CBD as an alternative to medicines. Cannabidiol is gaining a reputation as an effective and efficient way to take charge of your health. There are many companies online that provide top-notch CBD products, which manage your wellness and keep you and your body balanced.

This rush for CBD in wellness has brought with it the question of the safety and efficacy of CBD for children. Its antispasmodic and neuroprotective effects are well-documented in children, yet many physicians (and parents) are reluctant to administer CBD to children. As CBD becomes more and more prevalent in mainstream health and wellness, many have raised doubts about cannabidiol for kids.

While there are some valid concerns, the benefits of CBD likely outweigh the risks for many children suffering from chronic illness. Here, we’ll examine whether or not cannabidiol can be beneficial for children. We’ll discuss the science of CBD in pediatric medicine before assessing the conditions CBD might benefit, and where it might not. 

Will CBD Intoxicate My Child?

Many people worry that CBD will cause their child to become high like THC. While the confusion is understandable, CBD behaves very differently from THC. Unlike its notorious cousin, CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t interfere with perception or consciousness in the same way marijuana does.

This means that CBD will not cause your child to feel impaired, even at high doses. CBD can enhance mood, regulate sensory processing, prevent seizures, improve sleep, and much more. These applications extend to children as well, though many parents are hesitant to experiment with their children’s health (which we support). 

While CBD can be used to help treat illness in children, every parent should make their own decision concerning their child’s wellness. We will limit our discussion here to the use of CBD for children with chronic illnesses like epilepsy, congenital heart disease, cancer, spina bifida, anxiety, genetic disorders, and other conditions. While some parents may choose to administer CBD to children as a prophylactic, our discussion here concerns symptom and care management plans for children.

Is CBD Safe for Children?

This question is difficult to answer conclusively because there is no long-term data to demonstrate safety or potential risks. That said, much of our understanding of the health effects of CBD come from early studies on children with drug-resistant epilepsy. The compound was found to ease seizures, reduce pain and symptoms like vomiting, and considerably improve quality of life for hundreds of children.

Pediatricians aren’t yet fully in agreement on CBD for kids, but the evidence for its safety and efficacy appears sufficiently strong for the pharmaceutical industry. A synthetic version of CBD called Epidiolex is currently undergoing clinical trials as a treatment for epilepsy. Personally, we prefer to keep it plant-based, but the existence of Epidiolex (and the support it’s received from the FDA) is telling.

Ultimately, decisions around health and wellness are some of the most personal we make. This extends especially to the decisions we make for our children out of our desire to help them. While there are reasons that some people might choose to avoid giving their kids CBD (and those reasons are valid), there are also reasons people might feel that CBD is their best hope at a healthier life for their child.

Since CBD does not carry any risk of overdose or dependence and does not induce impairment, we feel it is reasonable (and even beneficial) for an adult caregiver to decide to give it to a child to help treat medical symptoms. Compared to some of the prescription drugs available to children, high-quality CBD is likely just as safe — perhaps even safer.

How Can CBD Help My Child?

As we discussed earlier, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp, a cousin of marijuana. CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors and chemical messengers shared by all mammals (and many other vertebrates).

When CBD is consumed, it interacts with receptors within the endocannabinoid system. Called CB1 and CB2 receptors, these molecular buttons act as controls for many of your body’s processes. From sleep and wakefulness to hunger to pain perception to body temperature, there is hardly a single bodily function that isn’t affected by the endocannabinoid system in some way.

Because the endocannabinoid system has the power to regulate so many different body processes, the use of CBD for kids can be very helpful for many diverse conditions. The compound helps to reduce inflammation throughout the brain and body, alleviate pain, cease spasms, and help to regulate sensory processing. These properties are all possible in both adults and children alike.

Since CBD has few to no side effects (with sleepiness being the most commonly reported concern), it carries little risk of an adverse reaction, even in sensitive children. It can help to alleviate symptoms related to inflammatory conditions like epilepsy, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and ADHD.

CBD for Kids: Mental Health Applications

CBD exerts powerful effects on the endocannabinoid system and, by extension, the brain. Studies have show that CBD for kids can help to improve focus, decrease anxiety, and alleviate depression. These symptoms can hamper healthy development in kids when left unaddressed, and many parents find that CBD is an important part of their children’s wellness routines.

  • Alleviate stress and anxietyCBD can help to reduce anxiety in children by reducing the activity of the body’s stress response. It could also help with other symptoms often associated with anxiety like gastrointestinal distress, compulsive behavior, and negative behaviors. This effect of CBD for kids may be especially helpful in encouraging healthy neural, motor, and social development.
  • Regulate activity in the brain – Neural over-excitement is often implicated in illnesses like epilepsy. Current research demonstrates that local bursts of intense activity in certain parts of the brain may be at the root of other conditions as well. These may include ADD, ADHD, OCD, autism, and other neurodiverse conditions. While CBD will not cure any of these conditions (and, we should be clear, that is not the goal — neurodiverse does not mean defective or deficient), emerging research suggests that CBD may help to reduce the severity of symptoms and help neurodiverse children to better regulate sensory input, emotional expression, and communication.
  • Improve focus – Many parents have found that CBD helps to improve focus and attention in their children. This is true even where stimulant medications and alternative therapies have failed. While the mechanisms of this effect aren’t yet fully understood, CBD for kids may help to regulate sensory input and processing. This, in turn, may help kids focus more attentively. CBD can be especially attractive for this purpose because it does not carry the potential digestive, renal, and neurological concerns that stimulant medications often cause.

CBD for Kids with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition often diagnosed in childhood, though it can also be developed later in life. While the symptoms can vary from altered sensations to grand mal seizures, the root cause of epilepsy can be traced to irregular activity in the brain.

In the brain of a child with epilepsy, neurons fire unpredictably, quickly, and out of control, causing seizures and wreaking havoc on the mind and body. For parents, watching a child suffer repeated seizures can be devastating. Even worse, many prescription medications cause sedation and loss of awareness — or just plain don’t work at all. 

CBD has been found to be very effective against even the most drug-resistant cases of epilepsy. In fact, much of the first research into the effects of CBD comes from studies conducted on epileptic children. It is true that THC can also be beneficial for some kids with epilepsy, but many families have found that CBD alone drastically reduces — or even eliminates — seizures. These effects appear most pronounced when CBD is taken as a daily prophylactic rather than as needed. This indicates that CBD helps to prevent seizures through neuroprotectant activity.

A Brief Note About CBD for Kids & Young Adults

There is a lot of potentially exciting research about the applicability of CBD for children’s health and wellness. The data is backed up by promising anecdotal reports from parents and kids alike. That said, many are still reluctant to give their children CBD, and we understand that. Our goal is to help you make the decision you feel is best for your child, with the most current information available to help guide you.

It is true that there isn’t conclusive evidence that demonstrates CBD to be safe for children — but the converse is also true. What studies have shown is that CBD can make a meaningful (and potentially dramatic) difference in the lives of children suffering from chronic illnesses. If your child is struggling with severe symptoms, the potential benefits of trying CBD for kids likely outweigh the risks.

If you do choose to use CBD as a part of your child’s wellness routine, we encourage you to do a couple of things. First, choose products made with quality ingredients and batch-tested by a third-party lab. Second, we suggest that you take the same precautions with CBD for kids as you would with any other medication.

Keep bottles, bags, and other containers out of reach when not in use. Administer each dose personally (especially for tempting snacks like gummies) to avoid any potential incidents with taking too much (or too little). Finally, and perhaps most importantly, monitor your child’s condition until you become familiar with the effects, adjusting dosage if necessary.


It is technically true that CBD has not been conclusively demonstrated to be perfectly safe for all children over the long term. However, it has been conclusively demonstrated to improve the physical and mental health of thousands of children. For chronic illnesses especially, CBD can be hugely beneficial, alleviating symptoms without causing negative side-effects. If your child is suffering from a chronic illness, CBD may be worth looking into.

About the Author

Riya, an enthusiastic researcher, and blogger for CBDOilsReview. She enjoys writing across various platforms and loves to learn new technologies.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Cannabis Enthusiasts

With the holiday season rapidly advancing, it’s easy to get caught up in the gleam of tinsel, lights, candles, and … the intensive commercialism that accompany this mostly-magical time of year. Advertisers use this season to kick their campaigns into overdrive, and cannabis companies are no exception. 

Slick advertising is nice, but it doesn’t guarantee a good product. With cannabis and CBD growing ever more popular, more and more companies are seeking to make a quick profit on a booming market. That’s why we created our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide specifically with cannabis lovers in mind. 

We’ve put together a list of our favorite toker-friendly products ideal for gifting (or for dropping hints if you’re more about receiving). There’s something here for everyone, from the rugged outdoor stoner to the city-dwelling trendsetter — we even threw in a couple things for our furry friends as well. Our 2019 holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone on your list.

Whether you need something for your Dead Head office Secret Santa or your sweet nan, who is skeptical of cannabis altogether but might use a bit of CBD for her arthritis pain, we’ve got you covered in our 2019 holiday gift guide for cannabis enthusiasts. We’ve also included items at varying price points to provide options for every budget. We’ll lay out what each item includes, where to find it, what we like about it, and who the item could benefit the most. 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Cannabis Lovers

Joy Organics Vape Pen

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Perfect for even the most fastidious of CBD fans, the vape cartridges and pens offered by Joy Organics remain our favorites of the genre (and we’ve tried a lot of them). The oil within the high-quality cartridges contains MCT oil, full-spectrum CBD extract, and a proprietary blend of terpenes and flavonoids — and that’s it. No propylene glycol, no vitamin E acetate, no shady additives, just hit after hit of therapeutic CBD. The conscientious formulation of these vape cartridges makes them an absolute hit — and a necessity in our 2019 holiday gift guide

Our favorite flavor is the Citrus Breeze, which delivers a delicious puff of limonene and other soothing terpenes with each draw. Neither overly intense nor lacking in flavor, the Joy Organics vape cartridges are sure to delight even the most conscious of CBD consumers. They’re made with entirely organic ingredients using sustainable practices and minimal, recyclable packaging. Available individually or paired with a battery that’s ready to go out of the box, the vapor line from Joy Organics is truly a crowd-pleaser.

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Earth Medicine Micronized CBD Tinctures


Earth Medicine CBD lemon tincture

Ideal for the CBD skeptic in your life, the tinctures available from Earth Medicine are sure to please. Unlike traditional extracts, the CBD used in Earth Medicine’s lemon and mint tinctures is specially processed with bioavailability in mind. The resulting CBD is micronized, or broken down into tiny, tiny particles, making it much easier for your body to absorb and process. Our 2019 holiday gift guide wouldn’t be complete without these CBD tinctures.

The tinctures are available in two different flavors: lemon, for invigoration, and mint, intended to soothe. Both are equally delicious and can also be added to food and beverages for people who prefer ingestion over sublingual dosing. You could also use the tinctures to create a CBD care package in combination with their topical gel or  vapor kit. The entire product collection by Earth Medicine is individually physician-recommended and formulated with efficacy in mind.

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Joy Organics Skin Care Bundle

Joy Organics CBD Skin Care Bundle

For the skincare enthusiast (or the bougie Betty) on your list, nothing tops the Skin Care Bundle from Joy Organics. While it’s a bit pricey compared to most of our other 2019 holiday gift guide picks, the sumptuous bundle is worth the splurge. Geared toward those who take their skin care regimens seriously, each product is infused with a therapeutic dose of CBD to take self-care to a new level.

The bundle includes a hydrating day cream, a rich night cream, and two CBD-infused serums (one for the face, and another specially designed for the eye area). It also includes a sheet mask that combines organic CBD with humectant ingredients to soothe and soften skin. Perfect for pampering, the bundle is as beautiful as it is effective. 

If the entire bundle is a bit too much to throw down all at once, you can also purchase each component individually. It’s true that the products work most effectively together, but they still hold their own quite well. We especially like the night cream for dry skin, the day cream for normal or combination skin, and the serum for oilier skin types. You could also purchase a couple of sheet masks and bundle them with other pampering products to create a CBD spa experience on the go.

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cbdMD roll-on Pain Freeze

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Our go-to product for near-instantaneous relief from chronic pain, the Pain Freeze from cbdMD is sure to be a useful gift. The product combines organic CBD with botanicals like peppermint, arnica, and tea tree to create a cooling sensation that numbs away pain quickly. The gel formula is contained in a convenient roll-on that places the product exactly where you want it, every time, without dripping or spilling. This roll-on is our top 2019 holiday gift guide pick for pain, inflammation, and swelling.

The product is available in varying dosage strengths, but we recommend the 1500 mg strength for the person on your list with pain that interferes with their daily lives. The hefty dose of CBD in this version provides more relief with less product — always a win. The lower dosage strengths might be a good fit for endurance athletes and others who routinely take their workouts to the limit. The goof-proof roll-on applicator also makes this topical an ideal gift for the accident-prone loved one on your gift list.

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Canna Comforts Prerolled Joints & Palm Wraps

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For the die-hard stoner in your life who refers to CBD as “diet weed,” Canna Comforts might be a game-changer. The brand is dedicated to creating hemp flower strains that look, smell, taste, and smoke just like the top-shelf marijuana that inspired them. Select varieties of hemp flower are available in convenient prerolls, either as classic cones or luxurious palm wraps. A year-round favorite of ours, we couldn’t in good conscience leave Canna Comforts’ flower out of our 2019 holiday gift guide.

Canna Comforts carries an ever-evolving selection of quality hemp flower with varying cannabinoid profiles, so there’s quite literally something for everyone. If you don’t think a preroll is the way to go, you could test the waters with some CBD kief. It offers a perfect way to reap the benefits of CBD alongside any cannabis strain without committing fully to hemp flower — yet.

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Charlotte’s Web Pet Treats


Charlotte's Web CBD Dog Chews

If your holiday gift list includes a canine companion, the CBD pet treats from Charlotte’s Web might be just the thing for their stocking. The bite-sized soft chews go over well with even the pickiest of pooches and can be divided easily for small dogs. Made with a short list of  recognizable ingredients, the treats are also competitively priced, making them a win for your wallet, too.

Available in Calming and Cognition formulas, the treats contain 2.5 mg of CBD per serving. We like the calming version for nervous pups (or for scary situations, like thunderstorms and being home alone). The cognition formulation is intended to support brain health and development, making it a good choice for doggos young and old alike. 

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Hemp Bombs Tattoo Balm

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Perfect for that person who’s been hinting about wearing a size three hours in tattoos, the Tattoo Recovery Balm from Hemp Bombs will keep their ink looking pristine for years to come. The balm is formulated with dermatologist (and tattoo artist) approved ingredients to promote healing and keep colors vibrant. Our 2019 holiday gift guide wouldn’t be complete without this tattoo balm.

As ink enthusiasts ourselves, we’ve tested this tattoo balm pretty thoroughly, comparing it to our old standbys like Aquaphor and Cetaphil. We’re impressed enough to keep coming back to it again and again, for piece after piece. Pair the balm with a gift certificate for a session with a favorite artist to create a gift that they’ll actually treasure forever.

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Plus CBD Oil Softgels

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Best suited for the regular CBD user who prefers to keep things simple, the CBD softgels from Plus CBD Oil have it all. Each softgel capsule contains a powerful therapeutic dose of CBD for lasting symptom relief without the herbal flavor. They’re vegetarian, vegan, and cruelty-free, making them accessible for people who choose not to consume animal products.

Available in varying dosage strengths, these softgels are also a good option for someone looking to try CBD, but unsure of where to start. The softgel format feels less intimidating than tinctures to many, and makes taking a daily dose of CBD feel more familiar. Pair them with a selection of delicious and wellness-conscious teas, snacks, or other treats for a thoughtful and supportive gift. 

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Restorative Botanicals Flavored Tinctures

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While these tinctures offer many of the same benefits as other brands, it’s the flavor selection that brings them to mind for gift giving. The line of RestoreCALM CBD tinctures from Restorative Botanicals includes flavors like Chocolate Mint, Spice, and Chai, making them ideal additions to lattes, cappuccinos, and other beverages. The flavors are delightful and make these tinctures a shoe-in for our 2019 holiday gift guide.

The epicureans among us really enjoy these tinctures as an addition to snacks as well as beverages. They’re especially good for adding a therapeutic dose of CBD to otherwise civilian desserts and snacks. They can also help to spice up otherwise plain confections, like shortbread or butter cookies. With their organic formula and easy dosing, any of these tinctures will be a hit with the snack-happy stoner in your life.

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Seabedee Peach Ring CBD Gummies

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For a therapeutic dose of CBD in a familiar sweet, we love the CBD-infused peach ring gummies from Seabedee. Ideal for lovers of classic confectionery and old-school snackers alike, these peach gummies look, smell, and taste just like the candy shop staple. Unlike the sweet shop version, however, these contain a healthy dose of organic CBD to soothe and relax the mind and body.

These CBD gummies make a perfect treat that’s familiar without being too basic. An ideal intro to CBD for even the most reluctant person on your list, they’re a consistent crowd-pleaser. If your loved one isn’t into peach, you might consider the sour CBD gummy bears from Seabedee. Their neon colors and sour crystals give the gummies a bit of extra aesthetic flair that’s sure to delight.

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Canna Comforts Bath Bombs

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For the self-care queen (or king!) in your life, few things beat the selection of bath bombs offered by Canna Comforts. Each bomb is crafted with organic, full-spectrum CBD blended with Epsom salts, essential oils, and skin-loving ingredients for a soak that’s therapeutic for body, mind, and spirit. 

Available in a broad selection of fragrances, each bomb contains a 20 mg dose of organic CBD for powerful relief. They hold up well against the competition, too, and could be a game-changer for even the most avid Lush fan on your list. Best of all, they’re competitively priced, so you can cop a few without breaking the bank. Add in a package of CBD salt soak or bath crumble for a complete CBD spa experience they’ll treasure.

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CBDistillery Vape Pens

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For the OG stoner on your list, the Granddaddy Purp vape pen from CBDistillery is a guaranteed hit. The disposable vape pen combines organic CBD with a delicious blend of terpenes and flavonoids dissolved in triethyl citrate for safer vaporization. The result is hit after hit of sumptuous vapor that’s bursting with fruity Granddaddy Purp flavor.

Each pen contains 200 mg of organic CBD and costs under $35, with deals on multiple pens and occasional sales. Available in a variety of flavors, the pens can be purchased individually or in a sample pack of multiple flavors. These pens are ideal for providing a delicious and therapeutic dose of CBD that won’t break the bank.

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cbdMD Pet Tinctures

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CBD products for dogs and cats are growing in popularity, but what about other companion animals? Don’t get us wrong, we love our “basic” pets, but we also love guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, pigs, sheep, horses, donkeys, hamsters, rats, chinchillas, foxes… all the furry friends. With most CBD pet products targeted at only cats and dogs, where does that leave our other favorite critters? Our 2019 holiday gift guide wouldn’t be complete without something for them!

cbdMD’s line of pet tinctures is designed to benefit all creatures, great and small. In addition to their lines for dogs and cats, cbdMD also offers tinctures for small and large animals that allow any mammalian pet to reap the benefits of CBD. Our equine, bovine, and other ungulate friends love the apple flavor most, while smaller critters seem to prefer the natural iterations. cbdMD’s pet tinctures offer relief and comfort for companion animals across size and species.

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Hemp Bombs Beard Bundle

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Perfect for beards from bushy to barely-there, the beard bundle from Hemp Bombs includes everything necessary to help your loved one elevate their beard care game. The bundle includes two components: a CBD-infused beard oil to hydrate hair for softness and shine, and a beard balm to improve texture and hold wayward hairs in place. Both products also help to condition skin, which can become neglected under a lustrous beard.

Both products can also be purchased individually, but we really like the way the oil and balm work together to improve manageability and support beard health (plus buying the bundle saves you a bit of coin). Easy on your budget and your loved one’s beard, this self-care bundle makes a great gift to keep the man in your life looking clean-cut and confident.

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There are plenty of wonderful gifts available for cannabis lovers of all stripes, from purists to early adopters and everyone in between. Our 2019 holiday gift guide offers a host of options for every type of person (or pet!) on your list. If you have a favorite product you think should make our ranks, drop us a line about where to find it and what you love about it. 

CBD Oil Tinctures for Sale

CBD Oil Tinctures For Sale

CBD oil tinctures are a liquid form of cannabidiol that are designed to be taken sublingually, or under the tongue. This delivery method offers the cannabinoid a direct path to the bloodstream through tiny blood vessels in the soft tissue of the mouth. This is said to increase efficacy and possibly decrease onset time by avoiding liver interaction.

However, we still lack research comparing this delivery method to others, and much of the research concerning CBD involves intravenous delivery of the cannabinoid. Still, CBD tinctures are probably the most well-known of all CBD products, and they offer the same anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, system balancing effects that make CBD products so popular.

Each brand has its own take on CBD tinctures and some even offer multiple different formulas, potencies, and flavors. Tinctures are easily the most widely varying type of CBD product, which may be why they are the core of many people’s CBD wellness routine. 

You can get tinctures that feature a natural, whole hemp flavor, or choose one on the sweeter side. Find highly potent tinctures that offer doses of 100mg and higher, or try a milder tincture dose of 10mg to test the waters. Some CBD tinctures even include essential oils and other natural Ingredients to create targeted effects, so you can find CBD tinctures designed for symptoms related to anxiety, sleep, inflammation, and more.

Why Choose CBD Tinctures? 

CBD tinctures are a convenient dosing style in many ways, and they are probably the most popular dosing style for this reason. The liquid form of cannabidiol is easy to measure and dose as needed, so it’s a popular choice for beginners or anyone who wants to be able to micromanage their dosage. They also provide powerful, long lasting effects that make them a suitable choice for many symptoms of chronic conditions, and they are usually packaged in sturdy bottles with a measuring dropper attached that makes them useful for dosing on the go.

The peak onset time for tinctures can be up to 90 minutes, though you may begin to feel relief sooner. CBD tinctures have been known to offer impressively lengthy effects, and some may provide relief for 8 hours or more. For many people, two doses daily is enough to provide round-the-clock relief. 

CBD tinctures are systemic products that act as a hearty base for a multifaceted CBD regimen. When used with CBD topicals or vaporizers (which can bring near-instant relief), they may help provide relief from long-lasting, severe symptoms and sudden flares. 

CBD Tinctures Trusted Reviews

At Key To Cannabis, we think it’s crucial that consumers are well informed before making decisions regarding their CBD wellness routine. That’s why we carefully assess each brand according to strict guidelines before approval. Then, we really try each product so that we can write honest, trustworthy reviews. We hope that you can use the CBD tincture reviews below to help you discover  CBD products that truly make a difference. Then, try checking out other approved CBD products to manage ailments from other angles. 

Role of CBD for Cancer Pain Management: What Science Says

Cancer-related pain affects quality of life, routine activities, eating habits, sleep quality, and even the way you interact with loved ones. Pain management forms an important part of your overall cancer treatment, and opioid pain relievers are notoriously addictive and surprisingly ineffective against chronic pain. Medical cannabis, by contrast, shows promising potential against cancer pain.

Many cancer survivors will enthusiastically attest to the power of medical marijuana and CBD for cancer pain management. Their accounts share common themes: cannabis and CBD oil have been helpful in management of not just cancer and treatment-related pain, but also the side effects that accompany those treatments. It has even been claimed that marijuana can help cure cancer!

Those promises sound shiny and exciting… and maybe a bit too good to be true. Here, we turn to the most recent medical research on the role of CBD for cancer pain management. We’ll discuss the specifics outlined in the study and provide practical guidance for those interested in trying CBD as part of a pain management routine.

Research on CBD for Cancer Pain

Cannabis, which has been used as an herbal remedy for various illnesses for perhaps millennia, is now being embraced by Western medicine as a beneficial treatment for many different symptoms. With the exponential growth of the therapeutic use of cannabis and hemp products, researchers worldwide have engaged themselves in investigation of how cannabis can support the treatment of cancer.

Generally, the studies include both natural and synthetic cannabis products such as hemp oil, cannabis oil, and cannabinoids. Cannabinoids, the active ingredients present in marijuana, are complex substances derived from the cannabis plant. These help in regulation of our body’s biological functions by influencing the endocannabinoid system.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is helpful in managing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has the potential to manage conditions such as cancer (and cancer-related pain) without the high THC gives.

Researchers have discovered that our bodies create their own cannabinoid-like chemicals called endocannabinoids. The cannabinoid receptors named CB1 and CB2 are present in different locations in our body and perform various functions when acted upon by endocannabinoids.

The CB1 receptors are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system, whereas CB2 receptors are found predominantly in the cells of the immune system. According to the researchers, both the endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors are involved in bodily processes like the heartbeat, regulation of the nervous system, pain signaling and perception, immune activity, and reproductive functions. This molecular multitasking allows these two receptors to mediate a wide range of symptoms and conditions ranging from neurodegenerative disorders to cancer. 

Recent Cannabinoid Research: CBD & Cancer

The research on whether cannabinoids can be used to treat cancer is ongoing and urgent. The cancer cells to be used in most of these studies are grown in the laboratory, in vitro. Animal models are also used to study the effect of cannabinoids on cancer cells. Recent research suggests that the cannabinoids have the following effects on cancer cells in the laboratory:

  • Stop cell division 
  • Trigger cell death through the apoptosis process
  • Prevent the spread of cancer cells by stopping cells from affecting the neighboring tissues
  • Accelerate the process of autophagy that leads to cell death

These effects, according to researchers, owe to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Recent experiments conducted by administering high doses of THC to mice seemed to reduce the risk of spreading cancer cells. The use of high doses of THC can thus help in killing cancer cells. Existing scientific research suggests positive results after the use of cannabinoids derived from both cannabis plant and synthetic compounds. 

Complementary Cancer Therapy with CBD Oil

Generally, cancer treatment deteriorates the overall health of the patient, causing severe and often debilitating side effects. In such cases, the use of CBD oil can act as a complementary therapy to make the patient feel better. Most people undergoing cancer treatment claim that cannabis is helpful in management of side effects such as pain, poor appetite, nausea and vomiting, and cachexia.

There can be pain associated with cancer treatment, which is almost unbearable due to injury to the nerves, pressure upon the internal organs, and inflammation. Cannabis possesses anti-inflammatory properties and thus treats pain. THC works by acting on CB1 receptors and decreasing the pain that results from nerve damage. Apart from pain reduction, cannabis helps in reducing nausea and increasing appetite.

CBD oil can thus be very beneficial to cancer patients as a complementary treatment because it manages most of the side effects. It helps manage chronic pain, which in turn, enables patients to bear the cancer treatment process in a better way.


7 Amazing Anti-Aging Benefits of CBD

Aging, and particularly visible aging, is a complex topic in American culture. While some people embrace their laugh lines and gray hairs, whole industries are devoted to our desire to stay young in appearance. A relative newcomer to the beauty and skincare spheres, CBD may help to combat signs of aging. There are many anti-aging benefits of CBD waiting to be reaped in effective skin care routines. 

As we grow older, our trips around the sun start to show up more and more in our skin. Preventing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and drooping can be daunting — and, in most cases, it’s impossible. Visible signs of aging are an inevitable part of life, but that won’t stop many of us from trying to delay them as long as we can.

While medical procedures like chemical peels, fillers, injections, and even surgery are used to reduce visible aging, these methods are invasive and expensive. As a result, many people are looking for new, healthy, natural ways to reduce the rate of visible aging without going under the knife (or needle).

While it’s usually thought of as a therapeutic ingredient, CBD appears to be a powerful tool to combat aging. The hemp-derived compound has many benefits for physical health, and these benefits may also apply to the skin. Even though it is best known for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotectant properties, cannabidiol also plays a significant role in preventing aging. 

Here, we’ll break down the anti-aging benefits of CBD for skin and overall health, discussing the science behind each and offering some guidance on how to get the most from your dose.  

CBD Improves Sleep

Sleep is a significant factor when it comes to aging, and years of poor sleep add up on your face. Sleep deprivation can actually accelerate aging over long periods. Research suggests that individuals suffering from sleep disorders often appear older than those with better sleep habits.

This effect is likely due to the stress sleep deprivation causes to your cells and tissues, especially chronic lack of quality sleep.Studies indicate that lacking enough sleep can result in the degeneration of cells, accelerating the signs of aging and increasing the risk of illness — yikes! 

CBD helps improve sleep by encouraging relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep by reducing the heart rate and slowing racing thoughts. It also helps to keep your body in REM sleep, the phase of sleep during which you dream. REM sleep is crucial to waking up feeling rested and rejuvenated. That revitalizing feeling carries over to your skin as well, preventing damage and accelerating healing. 

CBD Induces Relaxation

Cannabidiol promotes relaxation, inducing a calm sensation of wellbeing and ease. It does this in three primary ways: first, CBD acts as an anxiolytic. It promotes a general sense of relaxation and soothes frazzled nerves, reducing the stress response by the mind and body. 

CBD has been found to reduce the body’s stress and inflammatory responses as well, which often show up in our skin in the form of breakouts, dryness, and hyperpigmentation. Topical CBD can help to address these issues directly in the skin, improving texture, tone, and brightness when used over time. 

Finally, CBD induces relaxation of muscles when applied to the skin. This action can help to prevent wrinkles when used over time, especially when applied to the face. And, while we’re on the subject of wrinkles in particular:

CBD Reduces Wrinkles

The most visible signs of aging appear on the skin in the form of wrinkles and fine lines. Starting as tiny crinkles in the skin, wrinkles gradually progress in depth and length over time. They exacerbate the loss of firmness and skin elasticity, making us look drastically older. 

CBD helps by increasing the production of collagen in the body. To do so, it reduces the rate at which collagen in the body is broken down. Since collagen is responsible for our skin’s elasticity, increasing collagen levels in the skin can lend a more youthful appearance.

Additionally, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD contain essential nutrients that promote continuous cell regeneration, which improves your skin’s overall health and appearance. At the same time, it hydrates and adequately moisturizes the skin for a glowing, lit-from-within appearance.

CBD Protects Against Dementia 

Our skin is not the only area affected by aging. As we grow older, some of us will develop neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Pharmaceutical therapies for these conditions can slow their progression, but often have severe side effects. Besides, there is no proven way to prevent diseases from advancing as we age.  

Medical marijuana high in CBD is demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of dementia and eliminate contributors that exacerbate neurodegenerative conditions. It stimulates different brain functionalities through its neuroprotective and regenerative properties. It is also rich in nutrients essential for brain health, including omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

CBD Promotes Bone Health 

Bone health becomes an increasingly important issue as we advance in age. The body starts to synthesize bone minerals such as calcium differently, changing bone composition. This can lead to bone degeneration and other medical conditions, such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

CBD contains essential nutrients that help replace those lost to our changing metabolism. These include calcium and magnesium, as well as vitamin E, which helps make those nutrients bioavailable. CBD can help to alleviate the symptoms of osteoporosis and arthritis such as chronic pain and inflammation.   

CBD Relieves Inflammation

CBD aids in replenishing essential minerals in the body. It contains high levels of minerals such as calcium that improve healing and promote cellular regeneration. With additional nutrient content, full spectrum CBD promotes healing and recovery of the body from inflammation and injuries

Cannabidiol is an essential pain reliever due to its advanced interactions with the endocannabinoid system. The interactions help regulate different body systems and functionalities. As a result, they aid in reducing pain and provide relief from inflammation.

CBD Acts as an Antibiotic

The skin and body, in general, are continuously exposed to radical elements that can cause injury or infection. These include dust, extreme temperatures, rain, abrasion, laceration, and bacteria, among others. All these threats have different potential impacts on skin and personal health, but CBD may help to neutralize them. 

Cannabidiol contains antibacterial properties that aid in eliminating many types of bacteria from the skin;s surface. It cleanses and moisturizes, leaving skin protected from would-be invaders. CBD may help to relieve eczema, and studies indicate that it prevents overproduction of sebum. This action may also make it effective against many types of acne. 


Aging comes with many variables that are out of our control. However, that doesn’t mean that the aging process is totally out of our hands. The anti-aging benefits of CBD can be used to slow aging, improve quality of life, and support overall wellness. CBD delivers all of these anti-aging benefits with no severe side effects and zero risk of dependence or addiction. 


About the Author

Jessica Smith is an avid reader who enjoys getting lost in the world of books. Holding on to her passion for fitness, She believes that a healthy diet is a key to healthy living.

How Cannabis Helps With Arthritis

Arthritis is a common chronic health condition that refers to a number of distinct (but related) illnesses. By definition, it refers to a disease that causes joint inflammation and pain, often affecting the weight-bearing parts of the body. The common parts where arthritis is likely to attack are the spine, hips, and knees. However, other areas, such as the fingers, wrists, and toes, are also prone to attack. While the chronic joint pain is often resistant to pain management therapies, studies suggest that cannabis helps with arthritis pain and inflammation.

Contrary to what many people believe, arthritis can affect anyone of any age, from the very old to the very young. As a chronic condition, arthritis has no single cure. Instead, a selection of different medications and therapies are often prescribed to help manage the symptoms. If arthritis progresses unchecked, it can lead to impairment of movement and other body functions over time.

Numerous research and studies on medicinal cannabis brought to light its many health benefits. These benefits contributed to its increasing recognition as medication and growing legalization in the US. Here, we’ll discuss how cannabis helps with arthritis. We’ll lay out how the properties of medical cannabis can be applied to different types of arthritis to successfully alleviate symptoms.

Cannabis Acts as a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

The two cannabis components (called cannabinoids) primarily responsible for the anti-inflammatory role of medical marijuana are cannabidiol (CBD) and caryophyllene. These two components differ from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): they are not psychoactive, meaning that consuming them won’t cause a “high.” Caryophyllene and CBD function by activating the CB2 receptors, both directly and indirectly. These receptors are among the numerous receptors found in the endocannabinoid system

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for many vital regulatory functions within the body, such as sleep patterns, hunger and satiety, mood, immune response, temperature, pain perception and signaling, and inflammatory response. By acting on these receptors, medical cannabis can help to reduce the swelling associated with arthritis.

Science backs up the anecdotal reports of patients as well. A recent study demonstrated that the cannabinoids found in cannabis are up to 20 times more effective compared to aspirin at curbing inflammation. Additionally, THC can help in suppressing inflammation as it changes critical molecules during metabolism by the body.

Cannabis Helps to Manage Osteoarthritis (OA)

The term “osteoarthritis” refers to the damage of joint tissues (often over time, though causes vary). This damage can cause pain, and occurs when the cartilage wears off of the ends of bones, causing them to grind against each other. In healthy joints, the elastic cartilage serves to prevent these bone ends from friction against each other. In its absence, joints become painful, swollen, and stiff.

CBD oil, which can be derived from both marijuana and hemp, aids in the reduction of joint pain by acting as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. CBD, and therefore cannabis, helps with arthritis pain by dulling pain perception and reducing the inflammation causing it. It also acts as a neuroprotectant, helping to prevent damage to nerves in osteoarthritic joints.

CBD also carries an added benefit for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis (or RA). It works to suppress T-cell function, a major cause of the progression of RA (an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own tissues). CBD can reduce this destruction of cartilage and joint tissues, protecting the body from further damage.

Cannabis Eases Anxiety & Depression

Arthritis is closely connected to anxiety and depression. This is because any form of arthritis can cause debilitating pain that can lead to feelings of despair. Also, anxiety and depression can worsen your arthritis. Thus, by managing anxiety and depression, you are on your way to curbing some of the common signs of arthritis.

Rates of anxiety and depression vary in people with arthritis depending on factors.  Some of the factors include the size of the population under study. Generally, the data points to the presence of anxiety and depression in two people among ten with arthritis. It is easy to understand why this pain has depressing effects on an individual.

People with medical cannabis prescriptions in many countries are allowed to grow their own hemp plants. Authentic sources such as ILGM US seed bank and many other stores have been allowing patients to grow these plants and utilize their pain-relieving effects to treat their severe anxiety caused by chronic pain.  

CBD Oil is rising in popularity due to its effectiveness in calming anxiety and depression. It does this by engaging with the brain’s receptors. CBD triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating social behavior and mood. The effectiveness of CBD in calming anxiety can be seen in its reduction of social anxiety symptoms among people with a social anxiety disorder. The consumption of CBD oil not only reduced the anxiety in these patients but also altered how their bodies responded to stress.

Cannabis Helps with Arthritis & Sleep

Sleep deprivation is very prevalent among people with arthritis, affecting over 80% of sufferers across all types. It is mostly due to the stiff and aching joints, which makes it hard to get comfortable, fall asleep, and sleep through the night.

Poor sleep can increase your arthritic pain and also expose you to the likelihood of developing depression and disability. Sleep disruption affects pain. It is because sleep disruption leads to abnormalities in pain processing and its pathways. Hence, arthritis patients end up having a tougher time trying to sleep. 

You can use CBD for sleep to ease your anxiety, relieve your pain and inflammation, and it also interacts with melatonin in your system. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin is sometimes referred to as the ‘darkness hormone’ because its production is triggered by darkness. The anxiolytic and hypnotic effects of CBD help reduce emotional and subconscious anxiety. Its anticonvulsant effects create a sense of relaxation in the body by minimizing muscle tension. Thus, the combination of CBD and melatonin can be very beneficial in improving sleep for people with arthritis.


Cannabis offers a safer and more natural approach towards managing different types of arthritis and the symptoms accompanying them due to its useful components. There are numerous ways you can consume Cannabis, depending on your preference. For pain in the joints, you may apply CBD Oil creams and gels on the skin. You can also ingest CBD by taking capsules or tinctures orally. Furthermore, you can have a bath rich in CBD products for extra refreshment. To manage your arthritis and any other medical condition, ensure you get the best CBD products available in the market from licensed sellers.

CBD for Cancer Prevention: Can CBD Lower Your Risk of Cancer?

Can I Use CBD for Cancer Prevention?

CBD, or cannabidiol, has been gaining much media attention in recent years. It’s been showing up everywhere – from coffee shop latte menus to gas station checkout counters. CBD oils, edibles, and vape cartridges are being used by people of all backgrounds. CBD has no psychoactive effects, meaning it won’t get a user high, and significant studies have been done on CBD oil for those that experience seizures.  This has excited many researchers and has opened the doors for wider studies. 

While it likely won’t make up for poor lifestyle choices (it isn’t a miracle cure), some research suggests CBD could have cancer-preventative effects. CBD appears to do this by protecting cells and their DNA from damage. This, in turn, keeps cells from multiplying out of control and creating cancerous growths. These mechanisms are still being studied, but existing data is encouraging.

How Does Cancer Affect the Body?

Cancer starts with just one cell abnormality. That abnormal cell divides, and they keep dividing over and over in an uncontrolled way. Gene changes make one or more cells multiply too much, forming a tumor that grows through normal tissue. These tumors can metastasize, or move throughout the body. This causes the cancer to spread to other parts of the body and makes it difficult to fight.

There are over 200 types of cancer, and both the disease and its treatment can affect blood circulation and the lymphatic, immune, and hormone systems. While most cancers start because of gene changes that occur, some are due to genetic makeup.

Patients receive many different types of  treatments for cancer, typically with the goal of remission in mind. Remission means that all symptoms of cancer are gone, though they could return. Treatment depends on a series of factors, including cancer type, where it began, and whether it’s metastasized and spread to other parts of the body. Treatment types are often combined for the best results.

Options  range from chemotherapy and radiation therapy to surgery and stem cell transplants. Unfortunately, both cancer and cancer treatments can cause severe  side effects. These can include constipation and diarrhea, fatigue, appetite loss, delirium, nausea and vomiting, pain, nerve problems, and more.

How Could CBD Help Prevent Cancer?

As the legal status of CBD has been rapidly expanding in the United States over the last few years, so have the number of scientific studies done on the substance. A 2012 study observed animals treated with CBD and found that they were significantly less likely to develop colon cancer under the same laboratory conditions. Several studies have also shown that CBD significantly decreases and inhibits tumor growth, meaning it may work as an effective way to both prevent and treat tumors.

Interestingly, many studies conclude that CBD in combination with  tetrahydrocannabinol – THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that produces psychoactive effects – may prove to be even more effective in reducing cancer cell growth and reproduction. These findings suggest that CBD for cancer prevention may be a beneficial prophylactic therapy. 

Study Results

A 2018 study showed that hemp-derived CBD reduced the ability of ovarian cancer cells to metastasize. Researchers were particularly interested in finding plant-based therapeutics to use in treatments for ovarian cancer. “Our results indicate that KY hemp extract will attenuate OCC migration in a dose dependent manner in both cell lines. In A2780 OCCs, this attenuation was significant at all concentrations tested. A2780 cells treated with 12 -15 µg/ml hemp extract that contain 2.5- 3.2 µM CBD, caused decrease in cell migration comparable to Cisplatin. Based on the data here we conclude that KY hemp has significant anti-metastatic properties against ovarian cancer.”

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A 2011 study on rats shows that CBD can help control aggressive breast cancer cells. The study notes that there are limited therapeutic interventions today for metastatic breast cancers and that there is an urgent need for an effective, non-toxic treatment. “Using immune competent mice, we then show that treatment with CBD significantly reduces primary tumor mass as well as the size and number of lung metastatic foci in two models of metastasis. Our data demonstrate the efficacy of CBD in pre-clinical models of breast cancer.”

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Recommended Regimen of CBD for Cancer Prevention

Cancer is a serious disease, so it is important to understand that CBD for cancer prevention should be used as a supplement rather than strictly as a treatment on its own. It’s also important to note that CBD has not yet been proven as a cancer preventative. Still, many people have found comfort in the existing research and have therefore incorporated CBD into their daily routine. For a preventative treatment, we recommend incorporating a dose of CBD into your daily routine in the form of a Gel Capsule or Gummy. Start with a low dose of 20 to 25 mg and increase if necessary. Effects will begin in about 60 to 90 minutes and last for several hours.

If you are suffering from existing tumors, a tincture or CBD-rich flower will offer fast relief of nausea and other cancer treatment side effects. These methods are more difficult to dose than a softgel or gummy, so start slow and wait at least 20 minutes before dispensing another dose or smoking some more flower.


Research suggests that CBD may have potential as a preventative measure for cancer, and continuing advancements in research hope to solidify this claim. While smoking any substance is unhealthy due to the risk of exposure to carcinogens, CBD oil and edibles and an overall healthy lifestyle may be viable ways to minimize the risk of developing health conditions.

Some research suggests that CBD may also help manage the side effects of some cancer treatments, such as nausea and loss of appetite from chemotherapy, but more evidence is still needed to understand how or when CBD is beneficial. While more long-term human studies are necessary before drawing any concrete conclusions, scientists are generally in agreement that cannabinoid therapy boast magnificent potential for cancer prevention.

Is CBD Syrup Legal and Safe?

Since CBD products started gaining leverage, manufacturers have found hundreds of different ways to package this cannabis-derived molecule. From tinctures to topicals, consumers have plenty of different options for using CBD, and each delivery method has its own set of unique characteristics and benefits. 

One popular product is CBD syrup, a cough syrup-reminiscent remedy that is loaded with wholesome cannabidiol. But with all the buzz surrounding CBD’s parent plant, cannabis, people are skeptical and confused about what CBD products are, whether they are legal to buy, and how safe they may be. So, is CBD syrup legal? More importantly, is it safe? We’re here to clear up the cloud of confusion surrounding CBS syrup supplements so that you can find the best CBD products for you on your journey to all-natural wellness. 

What is CBD Syrup?

CBD Syrup

CBD syrup is pretty much what it sounds like: a cannabidiol-infused supplement that’s the consistency of cough syrup. The liquid formulation makes this type of CBD product unique, as it’s more suitable for the elderly or children who need CBD but cannot easily take pills or use other types of products. For many, CBD syrup is a comfortable dosing method, since it is measured and taken just like other popular liquid medications. When using CBD for elderly people, the syrup is a straightforward and familiar delivery method that doesn’t invite anxiety the way that tinctures or vaporizers can. 

CBD syrup comes in all sorts of flavors and potencies, and you can find a CBD product that is the right strength for you to easily adjust doses to meet your needs. CBD syrup’s liquid formulation gives manufacturers a unique opportunity to use CBD nano-molecules, or smaller versions of the CBD molecule, which increases the bioavailability of the supplement. Some CBD syrups include additives and other natural ingredients that work with the CBD to target specific symptoms. For instance, you may find CBD syrups that are made for managing pain, while other CBD syrups may be designed for nighttime use and improving sleep. 

Is CBD Syrup Legal?

CBD Syrup

The legality of CBD products is still a bit fuzzy for most, probably because of its relation to marijuana, which is still unfortunately labeled as a schedule one drug in the United States. However, updated regulation (mainly the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018) cleared away much of this confusion by separating “hemp” from “cannabis.” Hemp and cannabis are not one and the same, and CBD products sourced from industrial hemp (which contains less than 0.3% THC by definition) can now be legally manufactured and purchased in all 50 states. 

Does CBD Syrup Have Side Effects?

CBD Syrup

In addition to confusion surrounding CBD’s legality, consumers are concerned about the safety of these types of products. Fortunately, the potential side effects of CBD are mild and rare. According to research, the most common side effects reported are tiredness, diarrhea, and changes to appetite and weight. Most often, CBD is regarded as safe, and most sources suggest that the benefits far outweigh any risks. For many, CBD boasts an array of beneficial health effects that helps them cope with daily ailments. 

Some people have even found success swapping out their pharmaceuticals for CBD, like using CBD for pain instead of opioids. Of course, you should never stop taking medications without your doctor’s approval, and your doctor’s guidance is the key to using CBD syrup and other CBD products safely and effectively. 

How to Safely Use CBD Syrup

CBD Syrup

If CBD syrup sounds like the cannabidiol product for you, there are a few steps you can take to better ensure your safety and the efficacy of your CBD routine. First, always make changes to your health and wellness routine with your doctor’s guidance. Your doctor will be able to help you decide if CBD is right for you and what benefits you could reap from the supplement. 

Once you and your doctor have decided to move forward with a CBD routine, you can choose your CBD syrup. If you are new to CBD, you may want to choose a low potency syrup, which will make it easier to slowly adjust your dose. When you start taking your new CBD syrup, you can start slowly. Some sources recommend doses as low as 1mg per 10 pounds of body weight, but you can work with your doctor to choose a dose that works to fit your needs. 

When you start taking your CBD syrup, start with one dose. If starting with a low dose (and not a higher dose chosen by your doctor), you could slightly increase the dose every few days, giving plenty of time in between to monitor the effects. You may want to consider keeping a journal on your CBD experiences, which will provide a great reference for you and your doctor later if the dose needs to be adjusted. 

Although it is rare, drug interactions with CBD are possible, so you should be wary of taking CBD alongside any medications without your doctor’s approval. If you experience any adverse reaction after using CBD syrup, notify your doctor before continuing with your regular CBD doses. With careful consideration, CBD syrup offers a dosing method that could be suitable for anyone who benefits from CBD and could be just the wellness supplement you’ve been looking for. 


CBD syrups provide a refreshing break from the landscape of tinctures and softgels, offering a therapeutic dose of CBD in a familiar and palatable format. Syrups can be especially helpful to the elderly and very young, who can be a bit choosy. When considering a CBD syrup as a part of your wellness regimen, we suggest starting off at a lower dose (about 1 mg per 10 pounds of body weight) and increasing as needed. This strategy will help you find your ideal dose without wasting product unnecessarily.

CBD for Fibromyalgia: The Science of Hemp for Fibro Pain

Fibromyalgia can cause persistent pain that makes it difficult to enjoy even the most pleasant activities. Like many chronic conditions, the pain of fibromyalgia can be difficult to manage. Can CBD help with fibromyalgia and, if so, how? Here, we examine the science of CBD for fibromyalgia. We’ll look at the causes and symptoms of fibro and associated pain before discussing how CBD can help alleviate these symptoms. We will also provide some dosing guidelines to help you incorporate CBD into your fibro wellness routine.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a potentially debilitating condition that causes widespread muscle tenderness, pain, and fatigue. Related to arthritis, fibromyalgia can make even simple activities difficult or impossible. A chronic condition, fibromyalgia can be treated, but not cured. Like many chronic conditions, pain management for fibromyalgia is often difficult and may involve heavy pharmaceuticals.

How Can CBD Help With Fibromyalgia?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant that has no psychoactive effects. Many states that still ban medical cannabis will make exceptions for CBD due to its multitude of medicinal properties and inability to get a user “high,” like the compound THC is known to do. One ailment CBD is commonly used for is fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a condition involving multiple manageable yet chronic symptoms, including pain, fatigue, changes in mood, and memory loss. It is believed that the  disorder alters the way the brain processes pain signals, thus enhancing all bodily pains. Fibromyalgia affects more women than men, and is most common in adults between 40 and 75 years old.

While researchers are not entirely sure what causes fibromyalgia, some studies suggest  genetics may be involved. It is also believed that the heightened pain sensitivity associated with fibromyalgia is caused by lower levels of certain brain neurotransmitters, including serotonin and norepinephrine.

Current treatment for fibromyalgia includes pharmaceuticals and self-care, such as taking actions to improve general health. Treatments vary by symptoms, but range from pain relievers, antidepressants (to help treat pain and fatigue), and anti-seizure medications (which can be helpful in reducing certain pains and other fibromyalgia symptoms).

The Science of CBD for Fibromyalgia

The human body comes fully equipped with an endocannabinoid system, which is comprised of different receptors that help the brain communicate with the rest of the body. A 2016 study in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research presented research that supported the theory that a lack of endocannabinoids, the neurotransmitters that bind to the endocannabinoid receptors and facilitate cell communication, may be the cause of treatment-resistant, chronic pain syndromes. These may include migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. CBD for fibromyalgia may help to treat this deficiency, thus leading to reduced intensity of symptoms.

The endocannabinoid system sends pain signals between the brain and the body. CBD has been found to  alter these nerve pathways, and thus the pain felt throughout the body. This, accompanied with research that shows CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects, may also explain why CBD is an effective treatment for many fibromyalgia patients.

It should be noted that CBD only reduces fibromyalgia symptoms in some patients. Like all medications, CBD is not a magical cure-all and may be ineffective for some people. Further research is needed to understand why it works for some and not others, and advancements in the science of CBD for fibromyalgia are needed before CBD can be officially established as a fibro treatment. Still, some existing research hopes to light the way to discovering the complete therapeutic potential of CBD for fibro

Current Research: Study Results

A 2008 study reviewed scientific literature via the National Library of Medicine database and other sources in order to examine how clinical endocannabinoid deficiency could explain why migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome are alleviated by cannabis. “Cannabinoids have similarly demonstrated the ability to block spinal, peripheral and gastrointestinal mechanisms that promote pain in headache, fibromyalgia, IBS and related disorders.”

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A 2019 study explored the effects of inhaled pharmaceutical-grade cannabis in a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Four different cannabis varieties with different levels of CBD and THC were tested in 20 chronic pain patients with fibromyalgia. “[M] more subjects receiving Bediol [13.4 mg THC, 17.8 mg CBD] displayed a 30% decrease in pain scores compared to placebo (90% vs 55% of patients).”

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Recommended CBD Regimen for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that requires daily treatment. When considering CBD as a treatment pathway, keep in mind that the benefits of CBD for fibromyalgia have not yet been proven. Still, many people find that regular application of CBD, whether systemic or topical, helps improve their discomfort.

For bodily pains, we recommend a topical product like a CBD Lotion that can be applied right onto the affected area. This will offer localized, long lasting relief when and where you need it. Apply generously and be sure to massage into your skin.

For daily relief and general mood stabilization, we suggest also taking a CBD tincture every morning. Begin with a low dose (one full dropper) and increase as necessary. If you are new to tinctures, try a flavored variety and mix in your coffee or tea.


While CBD for fibromyalgia may be effective for many people, it is important to note that it is not a cure. Many people report that CBD for fibromyalgia also tends to work best in accompaniment with traditional pharmaceutical medications and lifestyle changes. Treatment will be different for each patient, but studies show that CBD may offer a solution to many of the discomforts related to the condition. Talking to your doctor about CBD may be the best first step. 

It should also be noted that while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the potential value that CBD may possess, to date they do not yet approve of it as a regulated treatment option. While the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (otherwise known as the Farm Bill) regulated industrial hemp, it did not change the legal status of CBD. Overall, more research and clinical trials will be necessary to fully understand how this naturally occurring substance can aid in the treatment of this chronic illness.

Best CBD Companies of 2019

Perhaps you’ve been taking CBD for months or even years, or maybe you’re just beginning your foray into researching the cannabinoid for yourself. Regardless of your level of familiarity with CBD, you’ve likely heard a lot about it recently, and seen even more. But where can you find the best CBD companies and products in such a crowded market?

CBD is growing in popularity among the health-conscious community, especially as people seek alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs laden with side effects and potential for abuse. This surge in popularity has companies rushing to get while the proverbial getting is good, but how do you differentiate the substandard cash-grabbers from the best CBD companies with quality products?

While research is still ongoing, existing studies support broad potential applications for CBD; thus far, it has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, antidepressant, antipyretic, and hypnotic (sleep-inducing, not trance-inducing) properties. Of course, more studies are needed (there is hardly such a thing as too much data), but the preliminary findings are compelling.

There is good evidence to support the efficacy of CBD against a wide range of symptoms, but these benefits can only be achieved with a quality CBD product. Therein lies the problem: with so many manufacturers out to make a quick buck off of health-conscious consumers and little to no regulation of CBD, it’s up to the consumer to do their homework before selecting a product.

That sounds nice in theory, but it works out to a lot of work for consumers. You can spend a lot of time sifting through companies selling garbage in a bottle before finding one that’s worth your while, and most of us just don’t have that kind of free time. To help take the guesswork out of your CBD search, we’ve compiled our list of the top 3 absolute best CBD companies out there. Here, we’ll briefly outline our selection criteria before detailing what we love about each company, our favorite products from each, and what makes them stand out from the competition. 

Our Selection Process

In the interest of full transparency, we want to begin by outlining our criteria for selecting the best of the best of CBD providers. After all, it’s only fair that we’re all operating under the same definition of “best.”

  • First, each of the companies here uses only domestically sourced, organic, non-GMO hemp for their products—and a few go so far as to grow their own hemp entirely. 
  • Second, the CBD used in the company’s products must be extracted using a safe and effective method. This includes an organic ethanol wash, as well as both subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions, but not hydrocarbon extractions, which utilize potentially harmful chemicals like butane or propane to strip plant matter of its CBD. 
  • Third, the carrier oils used in the products must be safe and effective. These may include MCT oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil. If a product does not contain a carrier oil (and isn’t formulated to be water-soluble), it doesn’t stand a chance against your symptoms, as the body cannot absorb CBD efficiently unless it is dissolved in an oil or fat, like MCT or coconut oils.
  • Fourth, each product the company produces must be batch tested for quality, purity, and potency. This means that every bottle should be 1) traceable to the batch it came from, 2) contain the level of CBD and other active ingredients it claims, and 3) free of harmful compounds like heavy metals or pesticides. Furthermore, these results should be confirmed by an independent (not affiliated with the company or any of its subsidiaries) laboratory — we’re all for in-house testing, but it must be confirmed through independent analysis to be considered valid.
  • Finally, as a vapor-specific consideration, any vapor products the company creates must be free of PG. Because of its tendency to degrade into known carcinogens like formaldehyde, arsenic, and benzene at high temperatures, we avoid PG (the abbreviation for propylene and polyethylene glycol) in vapor products altogether and encourage our readers to do the same. Each vapor product from the brands listed below is free of PG and other compounds currently understood to present health risks.

Joy Organics

best cbd companies of 2019

Joy Organics is a standout among CBD providers for a couple of reasons: for starters, they’re part of a movement among the CBD community committed to creating products entirely free of THC. Joy Organics accomplishes this through a proprietary technology which removes THC from their extracts while leaving CBD and other cannabinoids, along with the hemp’s terpene and flavonoid profile, intact. 

The result is a “broad spectrum extract” that’s somewhere between full spectrum and isolates. For people concerned about the potential impact of CBD on a drug test, choosing THC-free products like those from Joy might be the perfect solution. Joy’s line packs an intensive therapeutic punch, from their softgels and oils (the lemon flavor is seriously delicious) to their high-end skin care line.

Oh yeah, did we mention that Joy Organics makes a complete line of CBD-infused products for your skin? While there are CBD skin care products out there, many do not live up to the hype or don’t contain the same ingredients and concentrations their labels claim. Joy’s line is different — each product contains an intense dose of CBD (triple or even quadruple the amounts in competing products) combined with organic, botanically-derived supporting ingredients to improve the look, feel, and general health of your skin.

While it’s true that the line is a little pricey, our bougie side enjoys the indulgence — and the products don’t play. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD really shine when applied to the face, reducing redness, hyperpigmentation, and puffiness while improving skin texture and condition. We especially like the Day and Night Creams, and the CBD Sheet Mask is the perfect skin pick-me-up before a big event. If you’re into high-end skin care, slide the Tatcha and La Mer to the side for a week and give Joy Organics a try. 

Based in Colorado, Joy uses organic, non-GMO hemp and a food-grade ethanol extraction process (one of the only companies in the world to use food-grade ethanol) to produce their broad spectrum extracts. That extract is then pressed to remove undesirable plant solids like waxes or resins, then subjected to a nanoemulsion process that substantially improves the bioavailability of the finished product. Then, the resulting extract is used to formulate their oral, vapor, and topical products. In the case of their vape oils (which are some of the best we’ve tried to date), a proprietary blend of terpenes is added to enhance the flavor of the CBD oil within. 

Joy Organics’ founder, Joy Smith, created the company in response to the lack of regulation that dominates the CBD industry. Joy holds her company to exceedingly high standards of quality, purity, and potency, using organically derived, all-natural ingredients in support of the therapeutic doses of organic CBD in each product. We’ve had exemplary results with Joy’s products and, while they’re on the higher end of the CBD pricing scale, they’re well worth every cent.

Canna Comforts

best cbd companies of 2019

Where most CBD companies focus their efforts on extracting CBD from hemp to make their products, Canna Comforts seeks to give it to their customers straight from the source as hemp flower that looks, smells, tastes, and smokes just like the top-shelf, high-THC strains that inspired them. Organically grown in Colorado using sustainable agricultural practices, each of the strains offered by Canna Comforts are surprising in the best way — we’ll admit, we were skeptical going in, but our opinion changed in a hurry.

Jamie Evans founded Canna Comforts in Colorado after using high doses of cannabinoids to defeat a cancer that doctors had told him would require him to be on chemotherapy for the rest of his life. Rather than resign himself to life in and out of a hospital, Jamie went to Colorado and teamed up with medical and cannabis experts to treat his cancer with cannabis, monitoring his condition and the cannabinoid profiles of the treatments they were using. 

The intensive treatment process got Jamie interested in the therapeutic benefits of not just CBD, but CBN, CBG, and CBC, as well as the terpenes and flavonoids that make up the complete profile of the hemp flower. As he healed, he began to create his own strains of hemp flower, focused on a broad-spectrum terpene profile and an unparalleled smoking experience. 

Each of Canna Comforts’ strains (Wife is a favorite of ours for general purposes, with Special Sauce for pain and Elektra for anxiety) delivers an enjoyable user experience and a powerful dose of therapeutic cannabinoids. While they also make an excellent range of extract-based products (check out the bath bombs or the grapefruit salt scrub for an indulgent and restorative soak, or have a gummy to soothe pain), their flower is exceptional and one of our favorite ways to quickly and effectively alleviate pain without the intoxicating effects of THC.

Canna Comforts tests each harvest of their flower, as well as the finished products they make with it, and holds their products to high standards of quality. The company is also committed to sustainable business and cultivation practices, operating in a way that is ecologically conscious. 

A bowl of hemp flower from Canna Comforts guarantees a flavorful, pleasurable, medicinal experience packed with beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. The diverse array of cannabinoid profiles provides the opportunity to match your strain with your needs and symptoms, creating more variety and the chance to customize your CBD experience. Canna Comforts’ products are organic, sustainable, potent, full-spectrum, effective, and affordable — the total package.


CBDistillery CBD Vape Pen Grand Daddy Purp Product Review

CBDistillery was founded by a group of Colorado natives (are you noticing a pattern here?) to provide affordable, high-quality CBD to patients everywhere. Focused on providing safe, organic, potent, plant-based medicine at a price that makes it possible for everyone to safely and effectively treat symptoms associated with a wide variety of conditions, CBDistillery carries both full-spectrum and isolate-based products in a wide variety of formulations — there is, perhaps literally, something for everyone.

CBDistillery’s process begins with organic, sustainably farmed, US-grown, non-GMO hemp, which is tested for cannabinoid content and any contaminants prior to extraction. After extraction (using an organic ethanol process for isolate-based products and supercritical CO2 extraction for full-spectrum products), the resulting concentrate is used to formulate CBDistillery’s wide array of oral and topical products.

CBDistillery is interesting in that it has so many different products available. There are the usual suspects like CBD softgels and tinctures, along with topical pain creams and PG-free vape pens (disposables here). However, their line also includes Terpsolates, a blend of 99% pure CBD isolate and beneficial terpenes, both wax and slab CBD dabs, and even a CBD suppository (which we giggled at to begin with, but could actually be a hugely beneficial way to alleviate severe symptoms very quickly in some consumers). As an added bonus, CBDistillery has a discount program for veterans and active duty military personnel (find details on the program here).

For those seeking potent, pure, organic, botanically-derived medicine, CBDistillery is an excellent source of therapeutic products at a reasonable price. Their attention to detail and customer-focused product line creates many opportunities for customizability and allows you to choose the perfect product for your needs and symptoms. The CBDistillery team is committed to helping their customers change their lives for the better with CBD they can trust.


With so many different brands and products vying for your dollar, choosing the best CBD brands can be difficult. We at Key to Cannabis seek to help narrow the field, making choosing the best CBD company easier for our readers. Whether you’re in need of CBD tinctures, softgels, topicals, or organic hemp flower, our top CBD companies have everything you need to take charge of your health and wellness today.

Best CBD Gummies of 2019

We are firm believers that, while CBD possesses well-documented therapeutic properties, not all CBD products are created equal. So, how should consumers discern what is of high quality and what is potentially useless—or even actively harmful? What are the best CBD gummies of 2019, and what are just, well, the rest?

With very little federal regulation for CBD companies, we have made it our mission to make brand accountability a priority by independently testing all types of products from a consumer’s perspective. We have a strict vetting process that brands are required to pass before we recommend them to consumers to ensure their CBD is not only safe, but of top notch quality:

  1. Companies must use an organic starting material.
  2. They must implement safe and effective extraction methods.
  3. Carrier oils must also be safe and effective.
  4. Companies must batch test their products for potency and safety.

Using the above criteria, as well as testing every product ourselves, we are able to curate a list of what we believe are the best CBD gummies of 2019.

What is a CBD Gummy?


Like other ingestible forms of CBD, gummies are an easy way to get your daily measured dose of CBD that lasts for several hours – perfect for managing pain and acute flare ups, as well as for regulating mood. However, because effects come as the body metabolizes the CBD, it will take about an hour or two to start feeling the full benefits of relief.

Moreover, CBD gummies are a delicious and fun way to ingest CBD. Gummies come in all different shapes, sizes, doses, and flavors, so odds are there’s a CBD gummy out there to fit your needs. We suggest taking one to two gummies every morning as a daily supplement to encourage overall health and well-being.

Our Favorite CBD Gummies:

Canna Comforts Full Spectrum CBD Gummies

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Why We Love It:

We love Canna Comforts as a company for their commitment to responsible, sustainable policies throughout their business model. The strains they grow are organic and non-GMO, and loaded with medicinal benefits and cannabinoids.

As for the Full Spectrum CBD Gummies, the onset of effects is a smooth transition, as gummies are a relatively small dose of 10mg of CBD. If you’re looking for stronger effects, it’s perfectly safe to take two gummies together – you’ll notice more uplifting effects that last a few hours longer.

Unlike many CBD products, these gummies are full spectrum, meaning they include a wider range of cannabinoids present in the hemp plants rather than a pure CBD isolate. Cannabinoids offer different medicinal effects, meaning that full spectrum products can provide greater relief than just CBD, depending on the ailments you’re trying to treat. This varied cannabinoid profile, combined with their delicious taste and conscious creation, make these some of the best CBD gummies of 2019.

Best Used For:

Keep in mind that these Full Spectrum CBD Gummies will take about 90 minutes to take effect. They can be useful for insomnia or easing pains that prevent sleep, but make sure to take them far enough in advance that effects are felt at the desired time. While these are great for all-day relief, Full Spectrum CBD Gummies are not recommended for patients who need immediate relief.

Because it doesn’t offer targeted relief like topical applications of CBD, these gummies are felt in about 60 minutes and can last for about eight hours. If you take one in the morning and feel the effects wear off come afternoon time, feel free to take another gummy to keep you going.mmies are great for managing multiple conditions thanks to CBD’s anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and relaxing effects that last half the day or more.

Nature’s Script Hemp Extract CBD Gummies

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Why We Love It:

Nature’s Script’s products easily pass our vetting process, thanks to their quality and effectiveness. The company’s products are made of pure CBD isolate and contain no THC, making them legal in all states. They also use organic hemp grown sustainably and responsibly by experienced hemp farmers.

When it comes to the Hemp Extract CBD Gummies, they’re not only delicious, but also have noticeable effects even after ingesting just 15mg. Nature’s Script also adds white and willow bark and turmeric, which are known for their natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.

Best Used For:

These gummies are particularly useful for anxiety, depression, and stress, offering an overall sense of well-being and calm. Besides mental wellness, they also helped to ease chronic pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as arthritis, muscle tension, and menstrual cramps.

Pure Relief Cannabidiol Night-Time Gummy Bears

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Why We Love It:

Pure Relief’s entire line of products also come with the full-spectrum benefits of a complete cannabinoid profile. Everything they sell is legal, and their potent CBD offers lasting relief from a variety of ailments and symptoms.

Their CBD Night-Time Gummy Bears are great for providing an overall sense of relaxation, while helping to easy aches and pains to aide you in drifting off to sleep. They’re loaded with 30mg of CBD per gummy – a strong dose that will offer intense relief.

Best Used For:

CBD Night-Time Gummy Bears contain melatonin – a hormone naturally produced in the body that helps to regulate the sleep cycle. In this way, they are definitely best used to help you get a good night’s sleep. Effects will take one to two hours to kick in and last for over four hours. If you plan on incorporating these into your daily bedtime routine, be sure to take them as you would a regular sleeping pill, about an hour before bedtime.

Best CBD Capsules of 2019

As a company, we believe that while CBD has demonstrable health benefits for many, not all CBD products carry equal therapeutic potential. Through the use of different extraction methods, varying soil conditions, and certain corporate values, CBD comes in all sorts of qualities. How do you discern the best from the rest? Here, we examine the best CBD capsules available on the market.

Because there’s very little federal regulation for CBD companies, we have made it our mission to make brand accountability a priority for this industry. We independently test all types of products from a consumer’s perspective, using a strict vetting process that brands are required to pass before we recommend them to consumers. By following these guidelines, we ensure that CBD is not only safe, but of top notch quality:

  1. Companies must use an organic starting material.
  2. They must implement safe and effective extraction methods.
  3. Carrier oils must also be safe and effective.
  4. Companies must batch test their products for potency and safety.

Using the above criteria, as well as testing every product individually, we have created a list of the best CBD capsules of 2019. We’ll talk about what makes them special, where to find them, and how they can help you achieve your wellness goals. 

What is a CBD Capsule?


CBD capsules (or gelcaps) typically use an organic medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil carrier along with a CBD extract. The MCT oil allows cannabinoids to more easily and quickly interact with the body. Like a tincture, CBD capsules are ingested orally – however, gel caps can be considered simpler to take, similar to taking a multivitamin every day.

The effects of CBD capsules last for several hours and can be felt throughout the day. However, it should be noted that relief is not usually felt for at least an hour. While relief is long-lasting, it is certainly not immediate.

Our Favorite CBD Capsules:

NutraCanna CBD Daytime Tablets

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Why We Love It:

As a company, we appreciate NutraCanna for their commitment to working with small, sustainable family farms and their focus on minimizing their environmental impact. They use locally sourced hemp from organic, non-GMO farms that is held to rigorous testing standards.

When it comes to their CBD Daytime Tablets, we think they’re particularly useful first thing in the morning. Each tablet comes with 10mg of CBD and should be thought of similar to a cup of joe – while they won’t make you jittery the way caffeine will, some of us require more coffee than others to begin feeling the effects. Because it is virtually impossible to overdose from CBD, feel free to experiment with the number of tablets that provide you with desired effects.

Unlike traditional gel caps, these CBD Daytime Tablets are fast dissolving, and effects can be felt in about 15 minutes. We started to feel an enhanced sense of focus as well as more energetic. When taking just one tablet, CBD was effective for about five hours – giving you plenty of time to ease your way into the afternoon. And if you find you still need a little boost come lunch time, it’s perfectly safe to take another dose and still make it to bed on time.

Best Used For:

As implied by the name, the CBD Daytime Tablets are best taken as a morning supplement. Keep in mind that they kick in faster than most CBD capsules, making them a scent-free, non-inhaled alternative to products such as CBD flower or vape carts.

Tablets are made using CBD isolate rather than a full-spectrum product, meaning they are completely THC-free and will not show up on a drug test.

Biofield CBD Gel Capsule

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Why We Love It:

Biofield uses only organic, US-grown, non-GMO hemp to extract a CBD isolate used for all products. Everything they sell is certified THC-free, proven through batch testing by an independent laboratory.

Compared to the NutraCanna CBD Daytime Tablets, these CBD Gel Capsules are much stronger at 25mg of CBD in each dose. The effects of CBD can be felt within an hour or two and last for up to six hours.

Best Used For:

Due to their strength, these CBD Gel Capsules are extremely helpful when it comes to stress and anxiety, offering patients an overall improvement of mood. Moreover, they can help with full-body pain relief when a topical CBD application would be ineffective.

As a gel capsule, it’s also an efficient way to give a precise dose of CBD – which is particularly useful with conditions such as autism, epilepsy, and neurological and inflammatory diseases that require constant monitoring.

Joy Organics CBD Soft Gel

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Why We Love It:

As a brand, we proudly support Joy Organics  for their organic, sustainable CBD growing techniques. Their domestic, locally-grown hemp is extracted using an organic, food-grade ethanol wash for safety, purity, and potency before being lovingly formulated into therapeutic products like these.

These CBD Soft Gel capsules are available in both 15mg and 25mg strengths. Effects can be felt after about 45 minutes and last a bit longer than the other two CBD capsules we’ve mentioned – up to eight hours, depending on your metabolism.

Best Used For:

These CBD Soft Gels are great for mood enhancement and relaxation – while you may feel tension release from your body, they are not quite strong enough to make you feel sleepy or sedated.

These Soft Gels are also good for treating chronic, constant conditions, such as anxiety, depression, inflammation, PTSD, and pain. Because effects last so long, we suggest taking one in the morning and re-dosing only if necessary throughout the day.

Best CBD Pain Salves of 2019

We firmly believe in the therapeutic potential of CBD, but we also understand that not all CBD products are as effective as they claim. So, how do we discern the best from, well, the rest? How do you separate the best CBD pain salves from the ones that aren’t worth your time or money? 

With very little federal regulation for CBD companies, we at Key to Cannabis have made it our mission to make brand accountability a priority by independently testing all types of products from a consumer’s perspective. We have a strict vetting process that brands are required to pass before we recommend them to consumers to ensure their CBD is not only safe, but of top notch quality:

  1. Companies must use an organic starting material.
  2. They must implement safe and effective extraction methods.
  3. Carrier oils must also be safe and effective.
  4. Companies must batch test their products for potency and safety.

Using the above criteria, as well as hand-testing every product individually, we’ve put together a list of what we feel are the best CBD pain salves of of 2019. We’ll tell you what we like about them, where to find them, and who they’ll benefit most.

What is a Pain Salve?


Salves are CBD infused creams or gels that get applied directly to the skin, or “topically.” They offer relief to specific areas of the body that may be suffering from pain and inflammation, and even chronic conditions such as eczema.

Patients opt for pain salves when treating muscle and joint pains in specific, localized areas of the body. Relief from CBD in this form can be felt in 10 to 15 minutes – significantly faster than the 45 to 60 minutes it can take for ingested CBD in the form of an edible or gel capsule to take effect. Relief from pain salves can last for hours, and because there is no chance of overdosing on CBD, they can be re-applied throughout the day as necessary.

We suggest pain salves for patients suffering from general aches and pains, as well as those suffering from more serious chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, or autoimmune disease.

Our Favorite Pain Salves:

Joy Organics CBD Salve

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Why We Love It:

As a brand, we proudly support Joy Organics for their organic, sustainable CBD growing techniques. They use Colorado-grown organic hemp for each product and easily passed our strict vetting process.

The effects of their CBD salve are strong and noticeable. Effects can be felt in as little as five minutes, with full effects delivered after about 20 minutes. We suggest applying a good amount of the salve on the affected area – the more you apply, the longer the effects will last.

Unlike some CBD Pain Salves, this one does not produce an icy/hot sensation – making it less noticeable but just as effective. We also appreciate that this salve uses organically grown hemp as a starting material. Further, all ingredients are plant derived, meaning there are no chemicals involved in the making of this product.

Best Used For:

We like to use the CBD salve rub on strained and tired muscles. Whether returning from a tough workout at the gym or simply feeling the effects of aging, this product offers quick, lasting relief to targeted areas on almost any part of the body.

While salves that include THC as well as CBD have been found to be more effective, we still stand behind the CBD salve from Joy Organics and appreciate the fact that it is a CBD-only product.

Biofield CBD Rapid Cooling Pain Cream

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Why We Love It:

Biofield is committed to using organic, US-grown, non-GMO hemp and ensures that the CBD isolate it uses is at least 99% pure. Their products are completely THC free, and the CBD they use is legal in all 50 states because it’s sourced through a federally protected hemp program that requires third-party testing.

As for their Rapid Cooling Pain Cream, we love this product because it uses menthol, which offers additional relief in the form of a cooling, analgesic effect. It also uses aloe, making it effective not only as a strong pain reliever, but also useful for flaky, dry skin. Effects are felt almost immediately and last throughout the day, as CBD is absorbed into the skin and goes to work on specific affected areas.

Best Used For:

Not only is the Rapid Cooling Pain Cream useful as a strong pain reliever, but it also helps with rashes, dryness, and other skin conditions that cause inflammation. It’s full of hydrating ingredients, making it useful for conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and even bouts of poison ivy.

We suggest using this product for bodily aches and pains where and when it’s needed. Due to the use of menthol, it is particularly effective in helping to reduce joint pain and sore muscles.

cbdMD CBD Recover Inflammation Cream

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Why We Love It:

cbdMD also uses hemp that’s organically grown in the United States. When plants are harvested and transported for testing, cbdMD carefully tracks each batch in order to ensure every product it produces meets their strict quality standards. Moreover, cbdMD encourages responsible cultivation that produces the lowest carbon footprint possible, making them sustainable as well.

As for the CBD Recover Inflammation Cream, we love this product for how gentle it is on damaged skin. It contains aloe vera and coconut oil, which help to soothe the skin and lock in moisture for severely dry and irritated skin. Relief can be felt within just a few minutes, leaving targeted areas feeling refreshed and pain relieved for up to six hours.

Best Used For:

Because it doesn’t give off a cooling sensation offered by products with menthol, like the Biofield Rapid Cooling Pain Cream, it is particularly useful for sensitive ailments like burns, healing scrapes, and irritated skin rashes caused by different medical conditions.

No product should be applied to open wounds, but we find this product particularly useful for dulling itchy, inflamed skin around healing cuts and sores. The CBD Recover Inflammation Cream also helps to reduce redness and swelling, and best effects are reached when applied regularly.

Best CBD Tinctures of 2019

At Key to Cannabis, we believe in the therapeutic power of CBD. At the same time, we also recognize that the explosive growth of CBD in health and wellness spheres has encouraged all kinds of companies to enter the market—including some that are less than reputable. How are you supposed to separate the best from, well, the rest? Through the use of different extraction methods, varying soil conditions, and certain corporate values, CBD comes in all sorts of qualities. How, then, can you be sure you’re using the best CBD tinctures, salves, gummies, and other products?

Due to the lack of comprehensive federal regulation for CBD companies, we have made it our mission to make brand accountability a priority for this industry. We independently test all types of products from a consumer’s perspective, using a strict vetting process that brands are required to pass before we recommend them to consumers. By following these guidelines, we ensure that CBD is not only safe, but of top notch quality:

  1. Companies must use an organic starting material.
  2. They must implement safe and effective extraction methods.
  3. Carrier oils must also be safe and effective.
  4. Companies must batch test their products for potency and safety.

Using the above criteria, as well as testing every product ourselves, we have created a list of the best CBD tinctures of 2019 We’ll discuss what makes them stand out, why we support the product, and who might benefit the most from it.

What is a CBD Tincture?

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A CBD tincture is a liquid CBD concentrate that is taken orally with an under-the-tongue application. While some tinctures use an alcohol base, we recommend products that use a coconut or MCT oil base that allows for easy and quick absorption of CBD into the body.

Tinctures are applied under the tongue because it’s the quickest way for CBD to absorb into the bloodstream. Hold the liquid under the tongue for a few seconds before swallowing. While it starts getting to work within seconds, effects of CBD usually take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes to fully kick in – and they can last anywhere from four to eight hours.

Our Favorite CBD Tinctures:

Canna Comforts CBD Iso Oil 1000mg

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Why We Love It:

We love Canna Comforts as a company for their commitment to responsible, sustainable policies throughout their business model. The strains they grow are organic and non-GMO, and loaded with medicinal benefits and cannabinoids.

When it comes to the CBD Iso Oil, we love this product for its strong, long-lasting effects. It’s suggested that you start with a half dropper-sized dose to start, or 20mg. Relief is strong for over an hour, with lingering effects for several hours to follow. It can easily be taken along with your morning orange juice or coffee to help you get your day started.

While there are other CBD isolate products on the market, we like the Iso Oil for its easy and mess-free application compared to powdered forms.

Best Used For:

As a 1,000mg tincture, this CBD Iso Oil is stronger than many products on the market, so its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects are very noticeable and hard-working. It’s great for many chronic conditions thanks to its strength, and patients can distribute accurate dosages with the dropper.

Because it uses a CBD isolate as well as added terpenes for more medicinal benefits, the product is completely THC-free and won’t show up on a drug test.

CBDistillery CBDrop Full Spectrum CBD Oil

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Why We Love It:

As a company, we recommend CBDistillery for their high-quality, affordable, hemp-derived CBD products. The hemp they use is grown organically outdoors according to sustainable agricultural practices. All plants are free from pesticides and herbicides and are non-GMO.

The CBDrop Full Spectrum Oil utilizes the whole-plant hemp extract, meaning it offers slightly different and arguably stronger effects than a CBD isolate product. However, CBDrops contain no more than 0.3% THC, so don’t expect any psychoactive effects. It’s also flavorless, making it easy to add to drinks or smoothies for a more tasty application.

Best Used For:

Effects are felt within 30 to 90 minutes and last around 6 hours. Effects are both calming and uplifting, offering an overall sense of mental wellness and relaxation.

Moreover, the Full Spectrum Oil helps to relieve chronic pain and soothe inflammation that topical creams cannot help with. Effects are felt all over and for several hours, and patients can re-dose throughout the day as necessary. CBD tinctures are easy to use, making this a viable option to treat chronic illnesses such as neurological disorders as well as cancer-related pain and sickness.

Joy Organics CBD Tincture 500 mg

Joy Organics CBD Oil

Why We Love It:

We appreciate Joy Organics for their commitment to the diligent testing of both extracts and finished products. Everything they sell is organic, non-GMO, and made from American-grown hemp.

This 500mg CBD Tincture offers a relatively lower dose compared with other products (about 17 mg per dropper dose), but it’s perfect for some patients who only need subtle relief to keep them going throughout the day. 

Best Used For:

Effects can be expected slightly sooner than some tinctures of higher dosages, with relief felt in about 30 to 45 minutes and lasting for around eight hours.

While it’s not a turbo-strong tincture, its effects are definitely noticeable. It’s great for mild pain and inflammation, or for helping to relieve symptoms of anxiety. The CBD Tincture can be taken first thing in the morning to help get you through the day, or before bed to help ease you into a peaceful sleep.

How to Choose the Best CBD Company

CBD is a huge topic of discussion among the health-conscious community; as many Americans look for alternatives to opioids, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and other pharmaceuticals, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid has garnered attention for its efficacy and safety. Finding the best CBD company, however, can be daunting.

While there are still many questions to be answered about the specific mechanisms by which CBD affects the body’s systems, current research indicates that CBD possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anxiolytic, antipyretic, antidepressant, and neuroprotective properties that may be used to treat a wide variety of symptoms (for more on the effects of CBD on the body, check out our in-depth article on the molecule’s uses and applications). 

Because of its potentially broad application, many people are eager to cash in on their corner of the CBD market. If you’ve searched for CBD online, you’ve likely noticed an overwhelming abundance of retailers, each claiming that their product is going to cure you whatever is ailing you. However, many of those slick marketing campaigns are not to be believed — inside that spiffy packaging are often inferior products, and even ingredients that could be harmful to consumers.

Since CBD is treated more like a supplement than a medication (and therefore not regulated by the FDA for purity and potency), it’s not advisable to trust what you see on the label or a company’s website. But if you can’t believe what you see or hear at face value, how can you be certain that you’re receiving a product that is safe, effective, and lives up to its label?  

Here, we’ll lay out our top criteria for choosing a CBD supplier. We’ll give you insight into what specific words and phrases to look for, how to use independent lab results to learn more about the product, and potentially problematic practices and ingredients to watch out for. We’ll also lay out the “why” for each of our criteria, so that you are able to make an informed decision based on what is most important to you.

First: Use Only Domestic, Organically Grown Starting Material

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We list this criterion first because it is important for several different reasons: first, the use of only organic hemp material minimizes your risk of exposure to potentially harmful pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals in the finished product. By choosing to purchase organically-grown CBD over products of questionable origin, you are protecting yourself from trace compounds that could be harmful to you or your family and selecting a safer product. 

Secondly, organically grown plants are better for the environment and more sustainable than industrial farming. This is because these plants are grown without pesticides and herbicides, which often necessitates more natural forms of pest and weed control that are gentler on local ecosystems (or even work to actively support them). Organic farming helps to incentivize the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, helping companies reduce their impact on the environment and the communities they serve. 

We always appreciate when a company demonstrates their commitment to sustainable agriculture and energy sources, but simply choosing to grow hemp organically (or to only purchase hemp from certified organic farmers) is an excellent way to reduce a company’s environmental impact — and therefore the carbon footprint associated with consumption of their products. 

While it’s true that 71% of carbon emissions are produced by just 100 companies in the world  and no level of responsible personal consumption is enough on its own to offset that impact, choosing organically derived products (CBD included) helps keep you and your loved ones safer while supporting companies that are working to address sustainability concerns. 

We specify that the hemp should come from a US grower because the standards for organic produce in China and the EU (the two most commonly listed sources for CBD products) are not as rigorous as those of the United States. Hemp from these places may be contaminated with substances disallowed under US regulations, potentially raising your risk of an adverse reaction. We prefer not to gamble with our health and opt for domestically sourced CBD every time.

Second: Employ Safe & Effective Extraction Methods


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This is a big one, though it might take a little bit of research to find (and you should absolutely be wary of a manufacturer who is cagey about answering directly): what method does the company use to extract the CBD from its hemp material? While it might seem a bit nitpicky on the surface — surely extracted CBD is the same, right? — it’s actually a very important question to answer before placing your order.

What you’ll likely see frequently is the phrase “hydrocarbon extraction,” and it should be a red flag. We’ll explain: if you’re a cannabis consumer, you might be familiar with BHO, or butane hash oil. These THC concentrates (which include wax, budder, shatter, honey, and other dabbable substances) use butane — or another hydrocarbon like propane — to separate the THC from the organic solids and plant waxes, resulting in a thick, gooey concentrate. 

While these icky sticky substances produce intense highs, they’re nearly always contaminated with residual hydrocarbons. In layman’s terms, this means that when you use one of these products, you’re also consuming the leftover butane (or propane, methane… y’know, the type of compounds used as lighter or camp stove fuel) in every hit. While the exposure to trace hydrocarbons may not cause adverse effects 100% of the time, we’re not convinced that it’s fully safe, either — and, consequently, we think it’s best to skip these products.

So, if hydrocarbons are out, what is the best, safest way to extract CBD from hemp? There are two different methods we consider acceptable for CBD products: organic ethanol wash extraction and supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 extraction. An organic ethanol wash strips the organic material of its CBD and dissolves it into the ethanol. Next, the ethanol is evaporated away completely (unlike hydrocarbons, which remain trapped within the extract), leaving behind only CBD and other cannabinoids, which may then be processed further and purified into different types of extract.

CO2 extractions work similarly, though the results are subtly different. Both supercritical and subcritical extractions are executed using CO2 (carbon dioxide) that has been heated and pressurized so that, in simplified terms, it possesses the properties of both a liquid and a gas at the same time. This allows it to enter porous materials, extracting CBD and the hemp plant’s trichomes and terpenes. The CO2 then evaporates completely, leaving only the extract behind. 

The two methods are generally comparable, though subcritical CO2 does a better job at leaving the terpenes and trichomes of the hemp material intact. Ultimately, choosing among ethanol and CO2 extraction is mostly a matter of preference; each of these methods will produce an extract that is potent and free of any residual solvent. So long as you avoid products extracted using potentially harmful hydrocarbons, you’re on the right track.

Third: Products Formulated with Safe, Effective Carrier Oils

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This one requires a little basic chemistry to explain, so bear with us — we’ll keep it brief. Molecules, just like the earth or a magnet, have poles, or areas with a positive or negative electrical charge. The polarity of a molecule (the difference between the strength of its charges) determines what it can and cannot dissolve in, and solubility has a lot to do with how nutrients are absorbed by the body — CBD included. 

Polar liquids can dissolve polar molecules (like salt in water, for instance), but nonpolar molecules will not dissolve in a polar solvent (hence the separation between the nonpolar oil and polar vinegar of a salad dressing). Since your body is mostly water, a polar liquid, it’s hard for it to absorb CBD, a nonpolar molecule, effectively. 

So, how do CBD manufacturers resolve this dilemma? Easily: with carrier oils. Carrier oils (often MCT or fractionated coconut oil, hemp seed oil, or olive oil) are able to bond to CBD, and their chemical structure creates a kind of fatty “handle” that your body can grab onto and metabolize, bringing the CBD along with it. Carrier oils are included to ensure that you are able to absorb as much of the CBD in the product as possible (often discussed as having high bioavailability).

At a cursory glance, it might seem like most any oil would work. After all, all oils are nonpolar and will get the job done, right? While that’s technically true, there are definitely right and wrong oils to use. MCT oil is preferred (also sometimes labeled as fractionated coconut oil) because its medium-length molecules are easier for the body to metabolize (as opposed to longer, more difficult to process molecules from other fats). That said, hemp seed oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil are also relatively common carrier oils that are perfectly safe and effective, so don’t despair if you have a coconut allergy — there are plenty of other options.  

However, steer clear of products that do not list the carrier oil they use, or utilize PG (more on that in a moment) to dilute their products. Transparency is key when choosing a CBD supplier, and any manufacturer who won’t be candid about the ingredients they use isn’t worth your money.

We should note that some CBD products are specifically formulated to be water-soluble. While these products contain CBD that has been made easier for your body to absorb compared to oil-based products, they tend to be a bit pricey compared to their old-fashioned counterparts. However, the tradeoff may be worthwhile for you, and that’s okay. If you choose water-soluble CBD products, you won’t need to worry about carrier oils the same way.

Fourth: Products Are Batch Tested for Quality, Purity, & Potency

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This final note is exceedingly important, as you can use it to verify the information you gathered earlier: all products should be batch tested for quality, purity, and potency. When we say “batch tested,” we mean that each product should be traceable to the batch it was produced in, and the lab testing results for that batch should be publicly available. An independent lab is one not affiliated with the company or any of its affiliates — in-house testing is wonderful, but nothing beats independent analysis.

While more thorough tests are obviously preferable, a good lab report will contain the product’s CBD, THC, and THCA content, as well as any contamination with heavy metals. If the product is listed as being THC-free, then the lab report should reflect that result. The lab should also list its credentials and certification status on the report for full accountability. Some reports may choose to list other cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, or CBC, but this is not necessarily a requirement unless you’re looking for a highly specialized cannabinoid profile.

A Specific Note About Vapor Products

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Vaping is growing ever more popular among the cannabis community, and CBD is no exception. There are literal tons of CBD vape products out there, with oodles and oodles of oils in every flavor under the sun (and a few we think they just made up). However, just like with their nicotine-infused cousins, there’s a problematic ingredient that’s very common in CBD vape oils: PG.

PG, the standard abbreviation for propylene or polyethylene glycol (both behave similarly under conditions of regular use, so we’ll treat them as one entity for simplicity’s sake), is often used as a thinning agent for vape oils and juices. Since it’s generally considered safe for use in food, beverages, and cosmetics, it’s been largely assumed that the same must be true for vaping.

Emerging research, however, shows that PG may not be as safe as we thought. At the high temperatures needed to vape, PG begins to degrade into known carcinogens like formaldehyde, arsenic, and benzene. These compounds are not only known to cause cancer in humans after prolonged exposure, they can also produce toxic effects at high doses. 

While the scientific community is still uncertain about the long-term effects of PG and vaping, we feel it’s best to play it safe. We prefer to use vaporizers that contain only CBD and a carrier oil, with perhaps a terpene blend or essential oil for flavor. That said, products containing vegetable glycerin, or VG, are not shown to be unsafe at this time and are also acceptable in CBD vapor products. 


Sifting through all the different CBD manufacturers out there can be daunting, but don’t sweat it — there are simple criteria you can use to separate the good from the bad and the downright ugly of the bunch. It may take a little research, but we promise that your efforts will be rewarded with potent, pure, effective CBD. Don’t gamble on a shady product for the sake of a bargain — your health is worth more than what’s essentially a coin toss. Vet your CBD supplier thoroughly; your body will thank you.

Topical CBD for Wound Care: Healing with Hemp

CBD has been shown to possess potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties that have been successfully applied to treatment protocols for many diverse conditions, from arthritis to dementia to diabetes to high blood pressure. Research also indicates that CBD may be effective at promoting wound healing, making it a natural choice for wound care applications as well. Topical CBD products can be used to care for wounds like burns, cuts, scrapes, bites, and broken skin, but [not all CBD topicals are created equal].

While CBD itself can be highly beneficial when applied to wounds, those benefits can be reduced (or potentially even negated) by the wrong supporting ingredients. Quality carrier oils and botanicals absolutely have a place in CBD wound care products, but since CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA the way that pharmaceutical medicines are, a few extra precautions are necessary.

There are many balms, salves, ointments, creams, and gels formulated with CBD available, designed to help treat everything from sunburns to cuts to abrasions to fresh tattoos. While many can be used effectively, some may contain questionable ingredients or potential allergens. Your skin works pretty hard to keep you healthy, and a break in the barrier can be a major stressor for the integumentary system. Using inflammatory ingredients can inadvertently add to that stress and prolong healing time.

Here, we’ll dissect the science behind effective wound care and the role CBD topicals can play in staving off infection and promoting healing. Next, we’ll discuss the role of supporting ingredients (beginning with carrier compounds, followed by botanicals and a cursory examination of common additives) individually, noting the potential benefits and risks of each. We’ll close with a couple of notes concerning sanitary practices for wound care and sustainability in wound healing, providing a bit of guidance to help you choose products that reflect your values and ethics.

How Does Wound Healing Work?

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Wound healing is a highly intricate and complex process involving collaboration between many different types of cells and different body systems. While it’s impossible to convey every detail of the process here, there are a few key principles to know. Wound healing tends to happen in stages: inflammation, proliferation, and maturation. Each of these phases marks a focus on different cellular activities. 

The inflammation phase is the most well-known, as it’s a phase that’s often quite painful. Inflammation is the body’s immediate response to a wound: raising the alarm, heightening sensitivity, sending lots of immune cells to the site of the wound, and setting off frequent (and sometimes intense) pain signals. 

After a few days of inflammation, the proliferation phase begins. This is the time when the body begins to close the wound and is usually marked by wound contraction. During this important period, the body is building a matrix of new cells, collagen, and other tissues to replace the damaged or destroyed cells. Blood vessels and nerve connections re-establish themselves at the wound site during this time, making it more likely that [neuropathic pain] will arise during this period (though it may not be permanent).  

Finally, when it has closed fully and the supporting tissues have regenerated beneath the new skin, a wound is considered mature. At this point, there may be considerable scarring, but the wound will continue to mature for many weeks after closure. Over time, the scar tissue will soften and become less visible, itching and tingling tend to diminish, and discoloration starts to fade. 

The main goal of most wound healing technology is centered around accelerating the healing process, which can be accomplished in a number of ways. Reducing inflammation at the site helps the skin to move from the inflammatory to the proliferation stage more quickly, yielding faster wound closures and improved appearance of scarring. Promoting cellular movement and activity is also key to successful wound healing, as the healing process depends on high levels of oxygen

Wound care also requires ingredients to keep the area clean and free of harmful bacteria and other microbes. Finally, most topical wound care products also typically include some ingredients intended for pain management, reducing the alarm signals sent by damaged nerves at the site of an injury.

The Role of CBD In Wound Care & Healing

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CBD, the common name for cannabidiol, has been shown to have many medical applications across a wide variety of conditions. The compound possesses potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial properties (among many others) that make it especially beneficial for wound healing. It acts as a vasodilator, helping to improve oxygen supply to the wound and accelerating healing time. Together, these properties make CBD a promising therapeutic ingredient in wound care and healing products.

As with most CBD science, more research is necessary to determine the exact mechanisms that make CBD a good promoter of healing activity. However, emerging research is sufficiently compelling that many people are opting for CBD over old standbys from the pharmacy. While minor wounds likely do not present a safety concern for most people, more severe injuries may demand special consideration in product choice to avoid inadvertently causing additional inflammation and delaying healing.

If you prefer to use CBD alone (a completely respectable position that may be necessary for people with serious allergies or sensitivities), we recommend using a CBD tincture with no flavorings or additives. You could also dissolve some pure CBD isolate into the carrier oil of your choice (just be sure everything is clean!) to accomplish the same goal: CBD and oil, the end. However, if you are interested in using botanical ingredients and other bioactive compounds to accelerate wound healing, we invite you to consider the ingredients listed below.

Topical CBD Carrier Oils for Wound Care

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Carrier oils determine the consistency of the product and help to amplify its skin-protecting properties. We highly recommend opting for ointments, balms, or salves for wound care over roll-on or lotion products. This is for two primary reasons. Firstly, roll-ons and lotions are often formulated with alcohols that can damage the bonds between skin cells — pretty counterproductive when you’re trying to support your skin’s healing processes. Secondly, roll-on products in particular are not possible to use in a sanitary way on broken skin. If you really need something formulated with an alcohol, try to reach for sprays over roll-ons. 

One benefit that salve and ointment formulas offer over their high-alcohol counterparts is their ability to create a physical barrier over skin. This helps to keep bacteria and other microscopic irritants out of your bloodstream while also protecting your skin from damage and moisture loss as it works to heal itself. We prefer to use products made with ingredients that specifically confer skin barrier benefits. 

These might include beeswax (which possesses antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties), shea or cocoa butter (both yield anti-inflammatory benefits to healing skin), coconut oil (another anti-inflammatory oil popular in CBD formulas), and lanolin (a compound beloved for its skin-protecting properties that may also help promote healing). Olive, safflower, pumpkin seed, and grapeseed oils may also help to promote healing, though they do not offer the same skin barrier benefits as heavier oils and plant butters. 

Ointments are sometimes formulated with compounds like petroleum jelly (also called petrolatum), which is derived from fossil fuels. Because petroleum is a nonrenewable resource and its processing has some pretty detrimental effects on the environment, we prefer to steer clear of petroleum-based formulas. That doesn’t mean you have to, of course, but it might be something worth considering.

Supporting Topical CBD Ingredients for Wound Care

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Because the skin is broken or damaged in the case of a wound or burn, wound care products have a special potential to contribute to the inflammation they’re meant to fight, especially in people with sensitive skin. If you have any skin sensitivities or allergies, please take special care to avoid ingredients that could cause an adverse reaction. If you aren’t aware of any allergies but find a product causes itching or redness, listen to your body and seek out a gentler alternative. 

A few common culprits of inflammation include ingredients like capsaicin, cinnamon oil, and menthol, which can cause pain and discomfort when applied to wounds. Though these compounds all act as anti-inflammatories on the skin’s surface, they behave a bit differently when applied to broken skin. Even seemingly innocuous ingredients like goldenrod or chamomile may trigger a reaction in some people when applied to wounds, so we advise being very picky about your wound care topicals, CBD and otherwise. 

  • Aloe Vera – Aloe vera (sometimes called aloe barbadensis on product labels) is a desert-dwelling succulent with well-known healing properties. The gel contained within its elongated leaves has been used by many cultures throughout human history to soothe burns and speed skin repair. The plant has been demonstrated to yield antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that help it to heal skin damage, soothe pain, and reduce inflammation in injured skin. Clinical studies have shown aloe vera to be well-tolerated and hypoallergenic, making it an excellent healing option for many people. It is especially helpful for minor thermal burns and sunburns, reducing pain with a gentle cooling sensation and rehydrating damaged skin.
  • Chamomile Chamomile is a staple of soothing teas and aromatherapy products, but studies have demonstrated that it can confer significant benefits for wound healing as well. Chamomile flower extract acts as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial when applied to broken or damaged skin. This allows it to help to reduce pain and inflammation while protecting skin and underlying tissues from harmful bacteria and microbes that can hamper the healing process and cause infection. A potential caveat: chamomile is a member of the family Asteraeceae, which includes ragweed and other common allergens, and can cross-react in those with ragweed allergies. However, the benefits likely outweigh the risks for most people without significant ragweed sensitivity.
  • Goldenrod – Goldenrod is a bit tricky to discuss, as it’s quite a common allergen and wreaks seasonal havoc on sinuses from coast to coast. This is because it belongs to the same family as ragweed and therefore frequently cross-reacts in people with ragweed allergies. However, in people without ragweed allergies, goldenrod has been shown to promote healing by acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing pain, swelling, and redness in the wake of an injury. This effect may make goldenrod particularly useful in the first few days of wound healing, when inflammation is at its peak. Goldenrod may also help to reduce pain and soreness as skin heals, including the nerve pain and discomfort that often arises as the healing nerves form new connections.
  • Lavender – Lavender carries many different therapeutic applications, inducing relaxation and reducing inflammation throughout the body. These properties also extend to wound care — when applied to broken or damaged skin, lavender reduces inflammation, dulls pain, and improves circulation to the affected area. It also possesses powerful antimicrobial properties that can be especially beneficial for people or wounds prone to infections. While it’s no replacement for a rabies or tetanus vaccine, lavender contains compounds that neutralize many types of bacteria and fungi that can hamper wound healing or cause infection. Lavender may also be applied to wounds in the proliferation stage to help address the pain and tingling that results from mending nerve cells.
  • Marigold – Also labeled as calendula, marigold flowers are an autumnal favorite with an abundance of beneficial bioactive compounds. Extracts of the plant and its blooms can contribute to wound healing, acting as an anti-inflammatory agent to soothe damaged skin and reduce pain. The plant also possesses antimicrobial properties that can protect skin from harmful bacteria and other microbes, preventing infection and further damage to the affected tissues. It is generally well-tolerated, but may trigger a reaction in people with an allergy to marigold or calendula.
  • Neem – Neem oil is derived from the neem tree (also known colloquially as Indian lilac) and is a popular health and wellness ingredient in much of Southeast Asia. The oil is rich in bioactive compounds, conferring powerful antimicrobial and antifungal benefits. This allows neem to help protect wounds from infection by fending off harmful bacteria and microbes. Neem can also help to alleviate pain at the site of injury. That said, it is a very intense oil and should only ever be applied diluted. Even in its dilute form, neem may cause an adverse reaction in some people, so exercise caution and be mindful when using neem for wound care.
  • YarrowYarrow has been used as a supplement and wellness ingredient by many cultures throughout human history. It is shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, reducing pain and inflammation when used on broken skin. It may also help to reduce bleeding in wounds, making it especially helpful for cuts and gashes (though it is not a substitute for medical attention in the case of severe injuries). 

Sanitary Use of CBD Salves & Balms for Wound Care

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While there are a handful of ointments, creams, and other wound care products packaged in tubes, most of our favorite go-tos come in pots or tubs. This presents a bit of a dilemma, as it’s much more difficult to keep these products sanitary during regular use. Many products are sufficiently effective that we don’t mind taking  a few extra precautions to use them for wound healing, but we hope to see more variety in packaging to make sanitary application of CBD topicals easier. 

To ensure that a salve, balm, or other CBD topical packaged in a jar or pot remains free from contaminants during its usable life, we suggest using a cotton swab or other applicator tool to dispense the product, as opposed to a fingertip. Hands are wonderful for many things, but using a single-use applicator (or a recyclable equivalent if you’re about that low-waste life) instead of your hands for wound care helps reduce the chance of something undesirable ending up in your ointment—or in the wound, for that matter.

If your preferred product comes in a jar or pot, we suggest using a sanitary tool like a cotton swab or scoopula (which can be sanitized after use) to remove your desired amount of product from the container. Once you’ve taken what you need, you can apply the product to the wound using your chosen applicator tool and dispose of or sanitize the applicator accordingly after use. You could also apply the product to a sterile bandage or dressing, or — in the case of a sunburn, new tattoo, or thermal burn — distribute the product over the skin using clean fingertips. 

Taking care to avoid contaminating your chosen wound care product(s) is important to supporting efficient and healthy wound healing. Salve and balm formulas can be just as effective as tube-packaged ointments, they just need a bit of extra finesse to function at their best from start to finish. 

A Note On Sustainability & Supporting Ingredients

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While there is a growing consciousness surrounding where the products we use come from, we collectively pay fairly little attention to the sustainability of our purchases. Part of our mission of consumer education includes helping people learn to discern sustainable ingredients that allow them to take control of their health while making buying choices that are better for the planet. 

We also acknowledge that “better” doesn’t equate to “perfect,” and we aim to provide information in a way that educates without condescending — or worse, condemning — our readers for their decisions and lifestyles. Making conscious purchases can be difficult for many reasons, and we recognize the highly personal nature of those choices. No one is capable of single-handedly halting climate change or ecological damage by choosing one bottle over another, just as no one is the sole reason for habitat destruction or environmental pollution. Nonetheless, we believe that there is value in selecting sustainably sourced and manufactured products where possible.

We strongly prefer to reach for plant-based ingredients over animal products (and the same is doubly true for formulas made with petroleum products). This has to do with sustainability as well as concern for animal welfare, as sustainably-farmed plant products tend to have less of an environmental impact next to large-scale industrial animal husbandry. Plant-based ingredients are also generally well-tolerated and (with a couple of freaky exceptions like figs) vegan by default.

While we tend to prefer plant-based products, there are some animal-derived ingredients that can be hugely beneficial for therapeutic purposes (things like collagen, honey, beeswax, and lanolin). These ingredients are not vegan, but that does not mean that there aren’t ethical (or at least more ethical) ways to use them. Some people consider these ingredients an important component of their symptom management regimen, and that’s valid. Again, this stuff is very personal, so listen to your gut and do what is right for you.

We’ll close with a brief comment on the word “vegan.” A vegan product is one that is not derived from animal products in any way and includes non-food items like clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. Vegan products are becoming increasingly popular, with many brands choosing to make their entire product lines strictly vegan.

You may notice, however, that the above definition doesn’t include a requirement that the product’s components must be plant-based. This means that decidedly environmentally unfriendly products like plastics, petroleum products, and synthetic fabrics are considered vegan despite a demonstrably negative environmental impact. We don’t mean to imply that looking for vegan formulas is useless, just that it isn’t an automatic guarantee that the product in question is sustainable.


CBD is a promising ingredient for wound healing that can promote regeneration while reducing pain and inflammation in the skin and underlying tissues. However, because wound care products are applied to broken and damaged skin, it’s important to be choosy about the ingredients you incorporate into your medicine cabinet. Be conscious of any allergies or skin sensitivities you may have, use sanitary handling and dressing practices, and feel empowered to reach out to companies with questions before making a purchase. You can also consult with a medical professional about the safety of a particular product if you are unsure — it’s much better to play it safe with wound healing.

Topical CBD for Nerve Pain: Managing Neuropathy with CBD Topicals

Anyone who has experience with neuropathy knows that it’s a uniquely unsettling experience. The electric tingling, burning, stinging, and pinprick sensations tend to happen in the extremities, but can occur anywhere in the body. Nerve pain is unique in that it is caused by damage to the nerves themselves (be it from a slipped disc, a compressed nerve, chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, or damage sustained in an injury) and not the surrounding tissue. Therefore, neuropathic pain is the result of a misfiring of your body’s pain perception system.. 

Because the damage is done to the nerve cells, the cells your body uses to relay signals to and from the brain, neuropathic pain can produce strange and unnerving sensations that make sleeping, eating, and other day-to-day activities difficult — or even impossible. Nerve damage is notoriously difficult to heal (though much research is devoted to the topic), and many conventional painkillers are of little help.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been shown to impart neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, and antispasmodic effects that may be successfully applied to a neuropathic pain management regimen. Derived from hemp and known for its effectiveness without risk of addiction or dependence, CBD can be consumed orally, inhaled, or applied topically for relief from neuropathic pain.

Because of their ability to manipulate sensations in the skin and body, many people find CBD topical products to be particularly helpful at soothing and alleviating neuropathic pain. Topicals offer faster relief than oral dosing methods, as well as a greater degree of customizability. Supporting ingredients like  cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, and capsaicin can change the way nerve cells fire, reducing or eliminating nerve pain when applied to the skin. 

While these supporting ingredients open many doors for more effective pain relief, they also raise the risk of adverse reactions, especially in people with sensitive or allergy-prone skin. CBD topicals have a place in neuropathic pain management, but the wrong supporting ingredients for your skin type can reduce (or even entirely negate) their benefits. 

Here, we’ll illustrate the physiology of neuropathy before discussing the role of topical CBD in alleviating it. Then, we’ll talk about the best carrier and supporting ingredients to soothe neuropathic pain, including how they work, what they’re best for, and any risks associated with them. Finally, we’ll close with a short note on sustainable ingredients.  

What Causes Neuropathic Pain?

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Your nervous system is made up of a couple of different key players: neurons, myelin, and glial cells. Neurons are like your body’s electrical wiring, carrying signals to and from your brain. They’re long, branching cells that use charged molecules to move signals down the length of the cell before relaying it to the next one.

Some neurons are covered with a substance called myelin, a protective coating that helps accelerate the movement of chemical messages. Cells called glia help to support the nerves and keep them functioning normally. In a healthy nervous system, these different types of cells work together and ionic messengers flow smoothly across synapses (the gaps between neurons that facilitate chemical communication between them).

Neuropathy occurs when any of these nerve cells are damaged. This damage can result from many different causes. While injuries like herniated discs or nerve compression can cause physical strain and injury to neurons, they aren’t the only possible cause. Chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, diabetes (even pre-diabetes), and cardiovascular disease can lead to nerve cell damage by changing the body’s chemical environment or causing immune cells to mistakenly attack neural tissue.  

So, why is nerve damage such a big deal, and why does it cause such strange and severe pain? Think of your nerves and their myelin like an electrical wire coated with rubber. If that rubber coating is damaged, electricity will no longer flow neatly down the wire, but can cause short circuits, sparks, or even stop altogether. Your neurons work very similarly, and a damaged neuron is more likely to send errant pain signals in the absence of a problem; the more severe the damage to your nerves, the more intense neuropathy is likely to become.

How Can CBD Help to Manage Neuropathic Pain?

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This may sound a bit bleak so far, but stay with us. It’s true that the science of repairing nerve damage is still a ways out, but that doesn’t mean that relief is out of reach. While the research is still preliminary, current studies suggest that CBD possesses neuroprotective and antispasmodic properties that may help to calm frazzled neurons and ease neuropathic pain. 

The exact mechanisms of this action are still being studied, but what we do know is that CBD has a positive regulatory effect on many of the body’s systems, including the nervous system. This means that CBD can help to reduce the frequency and intensity of neuropathic pain signals by quieting overexcited neurons and reducing inflammation and pain often associated with them. It may also reduce the tingling, burning, stabbing, and prickling sensations common in neuropathy, as well as spasms and involuntary contractions often associated with the condition. 

Ongoing research suggests that topical CBD may more effectively manage neuropathy than traditional therapies, including opioid pain relievers. Because of the higher number of supporting ingredients relative to oral CBD, however, topicals carry a relatively higher risk of adverse or allergic reaction. Their effects can also vary substantially from product to product depending on the carrier and supporting ingredients it contains.

Topical CBD Carrier Oils for Nerve Pain

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Carrier oils and other base ingredients have a significant impact on the overall effect of the finished product, and especially its sensory effects. Because sensation is so important to effectively addressing and calming neuropathic pain, we feel that a bit of education around carrier ingredients can help our readers more easily navigate the baffling variety of topical CBD products available and find the best formula for their needs.

Because CBD is a nonpolar molecule, it doesn’t dissolve in water, a polar molecule. This makes it hard for our bodies to absorb and metabolize — we are over 70% water, after all, and it’s the solute for many of our biological processes. While it isn’t readily soluble in water, CBD does bond well to lipids like oils, fats, and plant butters. When it’s attached to these compounds, CBD is much more readily absorbed by the body, improving its effectiveness drastically. This applies to both topical and oral CBD products. Because of their oily composition and emollient properties, these ingredients tend to support soothing and warming sensations best.

Lipids aren’t the only type of molecule that can help make your CBD dose more bioavailable, though; other molecules with a relatively weak polar charge can also be effective. These compounds might include things like aloe vera gel, different types of alcohol, or glycerol. In contrast to the heavy, oily feel of lipid products, these “polar lite” molecules tend to evaporate more readily, making them ideal for supporting cooling, tingling, or numbing effects.

If your nerve pain tends to feel like burning, stinging, or pinpricks, a cooling product might help to regulate the firing of the damaged nerves, reducing pain. We suggest choosing products made with aloe vera, glycerol, or cetyl alcohol where possible. This is because other alcohols, such as isopropyl, stearyl, or ethyl, can cause damage to the bonds between skin cells over time, increasing dryness and triggering discomfort. Cetyl alcohol, by contrast, is a fatty alcohol derived from coconut that may be less damaging (though it should be avoided by those allergic to coconut).

If you desire something with more warming, relaxing properties to help ease spasms, we recommend opting for products formulated with oils, waxes, or plant butters. Oils from plants like olive, avocado, safflower, argan, jojoba, grapeseed, almond, and coconut can be used alongside plant butters like shea, cocoa, and mango for creamy formulas, while carnauba or beeswax can lend a firmer, more salve-like consistency. We find that more emollient formulas keep warming ingredients like ginger, cinnamon, and capsaicin active for longer periods, extending symptom relief.

If you prefer to refrain from using products that manipulate your sensation and perception, that’s okay! There are plenty of helpful CBD topicals out there that produce no thermal sensation whatsoever. We suggest selecting a carrier based on your skin type and avoiding ingredients that tend to produce changes in tactile sensation. These tend to be things like menthol, capsaicin, cinnamon, and ginger, but can sometimes include milder extracts like lavender or arnica, so listen to your body on this one. 

If you want to try topical CBD for nerve pain but have very sensitive skin that balks at most mainstream ingredients, don’t lose hope just yet. Instead of reaching for a topical formula with a lengthy ingredient list, try using an unflavored CBD tincture made with only CBD and a suitable carrier oil. You can apply it safely to your skin without worrying about hidden allergies while still reaping the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic benefits of topical CBD. If you decide to try a topical formula, we suggest a salve or balm, which tend to contain fewer common allergens than cream, lotion, or roll-on formulas. 

Topical CBD Supporting Ingredients for Nerve Pain

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  • Capsaicin – The chemical that gives chili peppers their signature spice (and pepper spray its notorious burn), capsaicin certainly has the potential to cause inflammation. However, in small doses, the fiery compound can actually act as an anti-inflammatory, encouraging circulation and reducing pain and swelling. It also causes a warming sensation when applied to the skin (again, well-diluted) that may be beneficial in alleviating some types of nerve pain. Researchers believe that this analgesic effect may be due in part to this sensation, which helps to desensitize the skin and, therefore, the sensation of pain. Capsaicin is used in very tiny doses in topical CBD pain relief products and is generally well-tolerated. However, those with an allergy to peppers should take care to avoid it.
  • Clove – While it may not be as effective for deep-seated neuropathy in the fascia, clove oil works very well to soothe the sensation of neuropathic pain in the skin and superficial tissues. Clove is a small but mighty spice with surprisingly powerful analgesic properties. Clove oil has been demonstrated to be as effective as benzocaine at relieving pain when applied topically. There is also some evidence to suggest that clove may have a positive regulatory effect on nerves, helping to regulate their firing and, potentially, reducing the intensity and sensation of pain. Clove has an autumnal, spicy scent and is generally well-tolerated, but should be avoided by those with a clove allergy.
  • EucalyptusEucalyptus is widely used for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties (and its ability to clear stuffy noses). The extract of the fragrant tree native to Australia, eucalyptus may have a role to play in alleviating neuropathic pain. While the precise mechanism is not yet understood, two factors appear to be at work. Eucalyptus shows analgesic properties when applied topically and may help to reduce the sensitivity of damaged nerves, regulating their firing. Second, the aroma of eucalyptus may have an effect on the central nervous system’s processing of pain signals, reducing pain perception. Those with asthma should be advised that eucalyptus can trigger attacks in some people (though it may be helpful to others).
  • Feverfew – The name of this plant comes from its traditional use in treating pain and inflammation. Also known as bachelor’s button, feverfew leaves and flowers produce compounds that reduce muscle spasms and the burning, tingling, pins-and-needles feeling associated with neuropathic pain. It has been demonstrated to possess analgesic and antispasmodic properties when applied to the skin, though it isn’t fully understood how these effects are produced. Emerging research suggests that this may be due to the terpenes, flavonoids, and other bioactive compounds within feverfew extract. If that is the case, these terpenes and other phytochemicals could help to support the dose of CBD in a topical pain reliever.
  • Ginger – A piquant favorite in cuisine, ginger’s use as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antiemetic has been well-documented throughout history. Extract from the root of the plant may help to alleviate neuropathic pain and soothe inflamed nerves when applied topically. It can also induce a gentle warming, tingling sensation in the skin, which may help to numb neuropathic pain while desensitizing damaged nerves, regulating their firing. These benefits are also apparent when ginger is consumed (though a separate supplement should be used), indicating that it may be beneficial to the diets of people struggling with neuropathy as well. Those with a ginger allergy or certain sensory integration issues should exercise caution before using topical CBD products made with ginger.
  • Peppermint – Peppermint (and other members of the mentha genus like spearmint) contains menthol, a popular ingredient in topical pain products for the cooling sensation it produces when applied to the skin. Some people may find menthol in particular to be helpful in managing their neuropathic pain. This may be due to menthol’s effect on receptors in the skin, sensitizing them to cold sensations and, therefore, potentially alleviating burning or stinging types of pain. Limonene and carvacrol, two other primary components of peppermint extract, have also been shown to help relieve pain and inflammation when used externally. To receive the full therapeutic benefit, look for products that list peppermint extract rather than just menthol among their ingredients — and keep any substance containing peppermint or menthol far away from mucous membranes. Exercise caution with peppermint (and other mints) if you are allergic or have especially sensitive skin.
  • Rosemary – A culinary darling popular in cuisine traditions across the globe, rosemary is a shrubby herb rich in terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals that may be effective against neuropathy. The plant has historically been used against pain, fever, and seizures, and current research suggests that it may possess antispasmodic properties. One study showed rosemary to be effective at relaxing smooth muscles (the muscles you don’t have conscious control over; they contract involuntarily and can cause debilitating pain due to their proximity to organs and bones). This characteristic may make rosemary a soothing antispasmodic addition to topical CBD products for neuropathic pain.
  • Turmeric – A brightly-colored root popular in Southeast Asian cuisine, turmeric is exceedingly high in a compound called curcumin. Curcumin has been utilized to combat pain, fever, and inflammation, and research suggests it may be helpful against neuropathic pain as well. While further study is needed, curcumin acts on receptors that can help block neuropathic pain signaling, relieving pain. When applied topically, curcumin may be able to regulate the activity of damaged neurons, reducing the frequency and intensity of neuropathic pain. It’s generally well-tolerated, but should be avoided by those with a turmeric allergy.

A Note On Sustainability

Topical CBD

Our goal at Key to Cannabis is to help our readers find CBD products that support their health and wellness goals, largely through consumer education. This includes not just the science behind CBD products, but their environmental impact as well. As our society grows more conscious of our relationship with (and dependence on) our planet and the ecosystems it supports, sustainability of ingredients is increasingly important to many people (ourselves included).

We recognize that, while there is value in making better buying decisions, “better” doesn’t really ever mean “perfect.” Our intent is not to shame anyone for making the decisions that they feel are best for them (in fact, those are exactly the decisions we want to support), but to encourage conscious consumption where possible. What that looks like to you is fully up to you, and we always want to empower you to define that for yourself.

Wherever possible, we prefer to select plant-based ingredients for CBD topicals, particularly over petroleum products. This is for two primary reasons: first, petroleum is a finite resource with a massive environmental impact at every stage, from extraction to refining to transportation to consumption. Second, a connection has been established between long-term use of some topical petroleum products and cancer later in life.

We also prefer plant products to those derived from animals, though we recognize that not everyone feels the same way. Some animal products, like beeswax, lanolin, and gelatin, are important components in the wellness lifestyles of many of our readers, and that’s valid. While it’s true that there are vegan alternatives to these ingredients, they aren’t viable options for everyone. Also, there’s some nuance to the label “vegan.”

The vegan description on a product label indicates that the product contains no animal products. However, it doesn’t necessarily denote a more sustainable product. Microplastics, pleather, plastic fur, polyester, and petroleum products are considered “vegan,” but aren’t exactly more environmentally friendly than their animal-derived counterparts. We don’t mean to imply that the vegan label is meaningless, but we are suggesting that it isn’t the sole criterion by which to measure a product’s sustainability.


Neuropathic pain is notoriously difficult to treat, but CBD may be able to provide relief where other treatments have failed. Topical CBD may be especially beneficial for peripheral neuropathy, soothing the tingling, burning, stabbing pain often associated with nerve damage. While CBD has strong therapeutic potential for neuropathic pain, the right ingredients can make a world of difference to your wellness experience. We encourage you to be choosy about what’s on the label of your go-to CBD topicals — when in doubt, reach out to the manufacturer with any questions or concerns.

How to Manage Inflammation, Muscle Pain, and Spasms with CBD

Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Inflammation is one of the immune system’s “first responders,” so there’s no surprise that it’s involved with nearly every chronic condition, injury, or other ailment that incites an immune response. In fact, inflammation is often one of the top symptomatic concerns for people with arthritis, cardiovascular disease, allergies, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and more. Inflammation is also a primary concern on the other end of the wellness spectrum, by those who regularly hit the gym and put their muscles to the stress test. Muscles swell after they are stressed, and excess inflammation can even slow recovery time and decrease gains.

Topical CBD for Dry Skin: Healing Sensitive Skin with Hemp

Cannabidiol, or CBD, demonstrates significant anti-inflammatory benefits that have been successfully applied to therapies for a broad range of conditions. A growing body of evidence suggests that topical CBD products can be hugely beneficial to many of these conditions, whether applied alone or in combination with systemic CBD therapy. Many of these benefits create a compelling case for the applicability of CBD for dry skin, a common condition affecting millions of people.

While we tend to think of CBD as a predominantly therapeutic compound, and for good reason. More research is needed, but emerging studies support the application of CBD and other cannabinoids for the treatment of a diverse array of conditions and symptoms. Chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, dementia, cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, type II diabetes, psoriasis, arthritis, and many other conditions have been shown to respond positively to CBD, helping people lead healthier, happier, more comfortable lives without the expense and potentially harmful side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. 

CBD (and other beneficial cannabinoids) possess clearly evident therapeutic use, but they may also be beneficial to people looking for relief from dry skin. This might seem a bit obvious (after all, CBD is usually taken dissolved in an oil, and oils are commonly used to treat dry skin), but there’s a bit more to the relationship between CBD and skin health than you might expect.

Here, we’ll examine the causes of chronically dry skin before breaking down the science of how CBD acts on different parts of the skin to modify crucial processes. Then, we’ll discuss the secondary ingredients (which are [very important] to the effectiveness of topical products especially) to look for to get the most relief from using CBD for dry skin. We’ll talk about how and why some ingredients work, what works best, and what to avoid to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Why Does Our Skin Dry Out?

To understand how to heal dry skin, we need to know a little bit about what’s causing it. Everyone’s skin gets a little dry now and again — you’ve likely experienced chapped winter skin or scaly knees at least a time or two. These isolated instances are often due to climate or a sudden change in environmental conditions, but chronically dry skin may be rooted in a different cause (or even a few of them).

Our skin can grow dry when we become dehydrated, from over-cleansing with harsh soaps and detergents, after taking a long, hot bath or shower, in relation to chronic illnesses, or due to an underlying skin condition like psoriasis or eczema. Sometimes, however, our skin just tends to be on the dry side.

The moisture levels in your skin are largely maintained by the sebum, or oil, produced by your sebaceous glands. When these glands are overactive, we often see oily skin, large pores, and persistent acne. When they under-produce oil, however, our skin dries out, feels tight, and begins to crack, developing a rough, scaly texture. If left untreated, dry skin can actually result in open wounds in the skin, so addressing dryness at the first sign is important, especially for people with sensitive skin (including children and the elderly).

Topical CBD for Dry Skin: the Science

CBD has a regulatory effect on many of the body’s processes, including sebum production. A 2014 study found that topically applied CBD had a positive regulatory effect on sebaceous glands. In patients whose skin was overly dry, researchers found that application of CBD helped to stimulate their sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This, in turn, led to higher cutaneous moisture levels (a measure of skin hydration) and improved skin health for study participants. 

There is also evidence to support the idea that topical application of CBD affects the skin differently compared to oral or inhaled CBD, especially in treating skin conditions. This is because CBD engages with receptors in the skin in different ways than when it is absorbed through the lungs or digestive tract. While we still have much to understand about the specific actions by CBD on different receptors, emerging evidence indicates that CBD has a regulatory (or homeostatic) effect on skin in general, alleviating itching, soothing inflammation, protecting against environmental damage, reducing hyperpigmentation, and maintaining hydration

Topical CBD Carrier Ingredients for Dry Skin

When using CBD to address dry skin specifically (or choosing topical products for therapeutic reasons when you have dry or sensitive skin), the supporting ingredients are of special importance. If you’ve struggled to find a go-to moisturizer on drugstore shelves, you probably understand why: many common ingredients in lotions, creams, serums, and other topical moisturizers contain ingredients that can actually dry out your skin even more. An otherwise outstanding CBD product won’t effectively address dry skin symptoms if it’s formulated with the wrong carrier ingredients.

Moisturizers tend to fall into one of four categories: humectants, emollients, ceramides, and occlusive moisturizers. Humectants include things like aloe vera, glycerin, and honey that attract moisture to the skin throughout the day, helping your body hold onto hydration in the environment more easily. Emollients serve to fill in the gaps between skin cells, improving texture and alleviating much of the sensation of dryness. Emollient ingredients include things like shea and cocoa butters, plant oils like olive, sweet almond, and avocado, and lanolin (a waxy molecule commonly derived from sheep’s wool). 

Ceramides are a class of waxy lipid compounds found in skin cells that help the body to repair bonds between cells, improving skin condition and preventing moisture loss through damaged skin. Occlusive moisturizers, which include things like mineral oil, beeswax, argan oil, and jojoba oil, work by creating a barrier that helps skin retain more moisture throughout the day. Some compounds (including beeswax, argan oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and safflower oil) work by two or more of these mechanisms, which may make them more effective.

If dry skin is your primary concern, there are a few carrier ingredients to steer clear of. Alcohols are major offenders common to lotion and cream formulas. Alcohol possesses strong astringent properties and is consequently used in many lotions to help break down bonds between skin cells to help the product penetrate better. This may be fine for oilier skin types, but it can be a real nightmare for dry skin. 

We recommend avoiding stearyl, ethyl, and isopropyl alcohols because they tend to be the most drying. If you must reach for something formulated with an alcohol, try to opt for cetyl alcohol, a fatty compound derived from coconut that is far less damaging to skin. If cetyl alcohol triggers an allergic reaction for you, stearic acid (a large lipid molecule found in cocoa butter) might be a better alternative, though products formulated with it may feel more buttery than creamy.

Supporting Topical CBD Ingredients for Dry Skin

    • Almond Oil – Almond oil makes a good moisturizer for sensitive skin, as it’s non-comedogenic and demonstrates anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. This makes it an especially good choice for people prone to acne, as it can help reduce redness and inflammation associated with cystic acne while reducing bacteria on the surface of the skin. Almond oil also possesses some occlusive moisturizing properties, protecting skin from excessive water loss throughout the day. 
    • Aloe Vera – The clear, jelly-like substance contained within the leaves of the aloe plant (also commonly called aloe barbadensis) possesses powerful hydrating properties for the body and skin. Many cultures have used it traditionally to heal burns and scrapes, but it may also be applied as a moisturizer. Aloe possesses antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that can help speed healing and protect skin from environmental damage due to sun exposure. The plant extract may also help diminish signs of aging, improving skin texture and tone by increasing the moisture content of skin cells at the surface. 
    • Argan Oil – Made from the nuts of the argan tree (native to Morocco), argan oil has become something of a cosmetic darling in recent years. It possesses impressive antioxidant effects (potentially helpful for people who spend a substantial amount of time in the sun) as well as high levels of  vitamin E, which is shown to promote healing and hydrate skin. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, making it a good option for many with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. However, it may cause breakouts in some people, especially those with tree nut allergies, so approach with caution if your skin is especially sensitive.
    • Beeswax – While it isn’t strictly vegan, there are some compelling arguments to be made for the use of sustainably harvested beeswax in skin products. Beeswax has been used throughout human history to soothe and heal dry skin, protecting it from damage while helping it retain moisture. It truly is a powerhouse of skincare, forming a strong barrier on the skin’s surface while nourishing and helping to restore bonds between skin cells. It acts as a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin from the environment, and confers powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It is also well-tolerated among users with sensitive skin and does not clog pores, even when used in acne-prone areas of the face and body. That said, it can cause an allergic reaction in a small proportion of users, especially those who are allergic to poplar trees, from which most beeswax is derived.
    • Carnauba Wax – Derived from the leaves of a palm tree native to Brazil, carnauba wax behaves very similarly to beeswax and is often used as a vegan alternative. It does offer many of the same skin-protecting and occlusive benefits as beeswax, and carnauba helps topical products stay solid and glide on smoothly as well. However, there’s a bit of a catch: carnauba wax tends to be more associated with breakouts compared to beeswax, and some people are allergic to it. It’s also important to use sustainably harvested carnauba wax, as the trees die if too many leaves are harvested at once.
    • Cocoa Butter – A product of cacao processing, cocoa butter is a thick, rich, highly emollient plant butter that is popular among people with dry skin — and for good reason. While it may be too heavy for more delicate skin (and especially the face), cocoa butter yields a rich texture and lasting protection from the elements. Its characteristic richness comes from its high fatty acid content, which provides both emollient and occlusive hydration. Like the cacao it comes from, cocoa butter also contains lots of antioxidants and yields anti-inflammatory benefits. 
    • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has emerged as something of a darling in the health world, touted as a cure-all for a myriad of ails. While it isn’t exactly a miracle oil, coconut oil (and its sister in the beauty world, Monoi, which is coconut oil infused with the Tiare flower of Hawaii) does confer some powerful moisturizing benefits. Coconut oil is composed largely of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which act as both emollient and occlusive moisturizers to improve skin hydration. Coconut oil also shows to have anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin and may be beneficial in wound healing. It is a heavy oil, however, and may cause some people to break out, especially with continuous use. Coconut is also a potential allergen for some folks, so be sure to check the label — especially on products like salves and balms, which often heavily feature coconut oil.
    • CucumberOne of the few botanicals on our list, cucumber packs a surprising punch of moisture without oils or buttery compounds. The hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties of cucumber come from its balance of antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C, and lots of good old-fashioned water. Cucumber may help to protect skin from environmental and sun damage, promote healing, reduce redness and puffiness, and alleviate itching while improving the skin’s ability to retain moisture. While it may not be heavy enough to do the job on its own, cucumber extract can work very well alongside more emollient moisturizers to hydrate without smothering the skin. It’s generally well-tolerated, though those with cucumber allergies should avoid it.
    • Grapeseed Oil – Grapeseed oil is, in our opinion, rather an underrated carrier oil. Unlike many of the other oils listed here, grapeseed oil (derived from the leftover seeds from wine grapes) absorbs nearly instantly into the skin, leaving behind no greasy residue. It’s also non-comedogenic and well-tolerated among sensitive skin types. Grapeseed oil has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well, and may help to promote healing while protecting skin from damage. Of course, take care to avoid grapeseed oil if you are allergic to grapes.
    • Jojoba Oil – While jojoba oil (derived from the nut of the North American desert-dwelling jojoba plant) has historically been used by many indigenous cultures, it’s a relative newcomer to mainstream Western beauty and hygiene products. The oil possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its high vitamin E content, and it acts as a humectant, drawing in moisture all day long. It’s also non-comedogenic (it’s quite similar in composition to the body’s natural oils) and suitable for sensitive skin. It is generally considered to be hypoallergenic, though there are a few rare exceptions.
    • Mango Butter – Pressed from the pits of the tropical fruit, mango butter is similarly rich in texture to shea and cocoa butters. However, its composition is subtly different, conferring many of the same benefits without causing breakouts. Mango butter is non-comedogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating to the skin. It can also yield a cooling effect, helping to soothe the itching and discomfort often associated with severe dry skin. While mango butter may be beneficial to many different people, it should be avoided by anyone with a mango allergy.
    • Neem – Also known colloquially as Indian lilac, neem trees yield a potent oil rich in bioactive compounds that may help soothe skin. However, because it’s quite strong, it may cause inflammation in some people. Like any essential oil, neem should only be applied diluted (and should be avoided if it produces an adverse reaction). That said, it demonstrates powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties that may help protect skin from environmental and microbial damage. Preliminary research has shown it to be effective at reducing the severity of psoriasis symptoms when used consistently in diluted form, and it may be effective against some types of acne as well.
    • Papaya – A tropical fruit popular in Southeast Asia, papaya contains high levels of vitamin C and lycopene. These compounds give the fruit extract antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya may help to reduce inflammation, itching, and dullness associated with chronically dry skin. However, it may be best reserved for the occasional application, as it can contribute to dryness in a small proportion of people. 
    • Pumpkin Seed Oil – Pressed from the seeds of the favorite autumnal gourd, pumpkin seed oil contains antioxidants, fatty acids, and phytonutrients that may help promote healing while hydrating and protecting the skin. These include linoleic acid, an occlusive moisturizer, alongside the antioxidant compounds called sterols and tocopherols. Pumpkin seed oil is non-comedogenic and may help to reduce redness, itching, and swelling. It’s also generally well-tolerated, though those with a pumpkin or squash allergy should opt for other ingredients instead. 
    • Shea Butter – Shea butter has been historically used by African cultures to hydrate, soothe, and protect skin and hair. A richly emollient substance derived from the nut of the African karite tree, shea butter is high in antioxidant polyphenols and essential fatty acids. It acts as an occlusive and emollient moisturizer that can help shield skin from environmental damage while encouraging healing and improving skin texture and elasticity. It is a rich, intensive plant butter that is generally well-tolerated, but may be associated with breakouts in some users. 
    • Tamarind – Tamarind, a piquant fruit popular in cuisine around the world, may possess antioxidant properties that can help promote healing and prevent skin damage when applied as a prophylactic. While the precise mechanisms aren’t yet completely clear, preliminary studies demonstrate tamarind seed extract to be beneficial to the skin, helping prevent the damage caused by the sun’s UVA rays. Tamarind extract may also help to promote healing in severe dry skin, though it could cause an allergic reaction in some people, particularly those who suffer from peanut allergies.

A Note About Sustainability

In a consumer environment where relatively little attention is paid to the sourcing and sustainability of ingredients, making conscious buying decisions can be a challenge. While we want to use our platform to help people choose products that are better for both them and the planet at large, we also recognize that “better” often doesn’t mean “perfect.” 

We want to empower our readers to make their own decisions, and part of that conversation involves an understanding that individual values differ from person to person. In the spirit of education, we’d like to offer some general advice for choosing better (though not necessarily perfect) products where possible. None of us can single-handedly change the world with our purchasing decisions, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value in choosing to support sustainably sourced products where we can.

We prefer to use plant-derived ingredients over animal products wherever possible, and certainly over petroleum products. This is largely to do with sustainability, as petroleum is a nonrenewable resource and animal products require a great deal of resources to produce. In general, plant-derived products have a lower impact on the environment (especially when farmed organically) and tend to be well-tolerated by most skin types. They’re also vegan, with a few weird (but cool!) exceptions like figs.

That said, there are a couple of animal-derived ingredients like collagen, honey, beeswax and lanolin that are able to be harvested sustainably. While these ingredients are not considered vegan, some people may find that they play an important role in managing their symptoms. If this is true for you, make the decisions you feel are most appropriate for your situation. 

Lastly, about that word “vegan” — it may not mean what you think it means. You might have seen the term vegan applied to cosmetics, clothing, shoes, and other non-food items.  In labeling, “vegan” indicates that no animal products were used to make the product, but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily better for the earth. Vegan materials include things like pleather, acrylic, polyester, and rayon, which are made of petroleum-based plastics — not exactly natural or great for the planet. We advise you to closely examine products labeled as “vegan;” they may not be as environmentally conscious as they appear.


Topical CBD can be highly beneficial for soothing and healing dry skin, but its effects can be reduced by the wrong supporting ingredients. When searching for a topical CBD product to alleviate dry skin, look for plant-derived ingredients with emollient and hydrating properties over synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients. Be mindful of any special concerns you may have, such as sensitivities or allergies, when examining product labels to find the best CBD topicals for your skin.


CBD Topical Ingredients by Condition: Finding What Works

Roll-ons, salves, balms, creams, sprays, gels — there is no shortage of variety with CBD topicals. If you’ve looked into using CBD for pain relief, you’ve probably seen half a dozen of each of these formulations, each with different carrier and supporting ingredients. There are even CBD topicals dedicated to addressing skin care, wound healing, and other concerns outside of pain management. Even within the pain management sphere alone, topical products can be used to produce varying sensations to alleviate different types of pain, from aching joints to tingling neuropathy to pulled muscles.  

This variety is due largely to the supporting ingredients a particular product is formulated with. While the active ingredient (CBD) remains the same across these formulas (provided they meet our CBD Buyer’s Guide criteria), the carrier and supporting ingredients can modify its effects, enhancing certain effects by acting in concert with CBD. This broad range of potential products presents some potentially wonderful outcomes for patients and consumers (which we are absolutely here for), but not without some potential pitfalls.

Part of our mission at Key to Cannabis is a commitment to helping our readers make informed purchasing decisions that support their well-being in both the short and long terms. In that spirit, it’s important to us to share the current science of topical CBD products. This includes details about how different ingredients work as well as what symptoms they might help alleviate. Skin plays a significant (and often overlooked) role in overall wellness, and we believe strongly in empowering our readers to treat it — and themselves — more kindly.

Here, we break down supporting ingredients by condition, highlighting the most effective product formulations, herbal extracts, and minerals for your symptoms. We’ll also discuss potential concerns associated with topical use of these ingredients, focusing on sensitive skin types and common skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. If you’d like to read up on the general purpose and usefulness of topical CBD products, check out our article [here].

CBD Topical Ingredients by Condition

Below, you’ll find a list of different symptoms beginning with types of pain before addressing symptoms of injury like swelling and broken skin. We close with dry skin because it’s such a common issue (check out our article on CBD and skincare for skin-specific concerns). We’ve chosen to limit this discussion to medicinal use, as there’s quite a bit of ground to cover. For a more detailed breakdown of ingredients for a certain symptom, look for links to our dedicated articles on CBD topicals in each listing. 

  • CBD Topicals for Joint Pain – There are many potential causes of joint pain and swelling, from  sprains and injuries to chronic conditions like rheumatoid, psoriatic, or osteoarthritis. Regardless of the root cause, the pain and swelling you feel in your joints is the result of damage to the joint capsule itself, which causes debris to create friction within the joint and induces an inflammatory response that disturbs the fluid balance of the joint. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and mobility problems and may be influenced by factors like barometric pressure, humidity, and temperature.
    • Topical CBD Carrier Types for Joint Pain – Because of the nature of joint pain, temperature sensation is of special concern — and different temperatures can work differently to alleviate joint pain. 
      • Most of the time, we tend to prefer warmth over cooling on our joints, as the temperature can help encourage better circulation and fluid movement. To that end, we prefer oil-based or waxy products, like salves or balms, for use on joints. We find that these formulations better support the warming action of ingredients like ginger or capsicum, aiding circulation and extending relief. Our preferred ingredients include:
        • Plant oils like those from coconut, olive, grapeseed, and avocado make for nourishing and sustainable carrier oils that maximize the absorption of CBD.
        • Beeswax is a heavier ingredient that hydrates and soothes skin while providing a protective barrier over the surface. It isn’t vegan, but can be collected sustainably, so use your discretion here.
        • Natural butters like shea or cocoa have long been used to hydrate skin, and their lipid-rich compositions make them ideal carrier ingredients — just know that their intensive emollient properties may be a bit heavy for oilier skin types.
      • When we’re looking for a cooling sensation to ease swelling and freeze away pain, we reach for a product with a lighter formula. While alcohols like stearyl and cetyl are often used (and may be effective for some people), they can be quite drying for others, especially when used regularly. Our preferred carrier ingredients for cooling products include:
        • Aloe vera juice provides plenty of hydration while contributing to cooling by evaporating quickly — the benefits of alcohol without the skin damage.
        • Vegetable glycerin (sometimes noted as glycerol or just plain glycerin) is often used to improve the texture of products like roll-ons, thinning and smoothing them for better application while providing some skin-soothing and hydrating benefits. Propylene glycol may also be used for this purpose, which is mostly fine for topical products (though it may negatively affect some people in high concentrations). 
        • While we prefer to skip alcohol-heavy products, we’ll definitely choose cetyl alcohol over stearyl or isopropyl any day. This is because cetyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol derived from coconut, has a high lipid content that can help return moisture to the skin, minimizing the potential drying effects of alcohol.
    • Supporting CBD Topical Ingredients for Joint Pain
      • Aloe Vera – While we tend to think of aloe vera for burns and other acute injuries, there’s evidence to show that it may have joint pain-relieving properties as well, and that these benefits are available when the plant is used topically. Aloe vera extract also helps hydrate, soothe, and protect the skin, and is well-tolerated by most people.
      • Capsaicin – You might know this molecule as the stuff that gives peppers their heat (and yes, it is the active ingredient in pepper spray), but it’s more than just the kick in your hot sauce. Capsaicin is excellent at improving circulation in the skin and underlying tissues when applied topically — in low concentrations, of course. This compound can produce a warming sensation that helps soothe pain while it dilates blood vessels and increases the ability of fluids to move through your tissues, making it potentially highly effective at addressing joint pain and stiffness (especially the pain caused by weather changes and cold snaps).
      • Cat’s Claw – This is a tricky one, so use with awareness and caution. Cat’s claw is an herb that has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, which may be beneficial to many people suffering from joint pain. However, there’s a potential catch for rheumatoid arthritis patients in particular, as that immune-boosting power might send an already-overactive immune system into full-on beast mode, worsening symptoms as the body attacks its own tissues. Cat’s claw may work well for people with osteoarthritis, but those with rheumatoid arthritis should proceed with caution.
      • Epsom Salts – Don’t overlook bath salts for joint pain! Epsom salts can help soothe soreness, and some evidence suggests that they might be useful in helping restore electrolyte and mineral balance to joints and muscles. They also combine well with heat therapy to alleviate pain and help improve mobility.
      • Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is another plant with wide-ranging medicinal benefits, including pain management. Eucalyptus contains a hefty dose of