CBD for Nausea

Nothing throws off your day quite like a stomachache. Churning, throbbing, mind-bending nausea is nearly impossible to fight through, and whether the cause is stress or food poisoning, you need relief and you need it now! 

While ginger and peppermint have been the natural go-to remedies for stomach sickness, a more powerful natural compound is finding its way into people’s medicine cabinets and it goes by the name CBD.

What is CBD

The Cannabis plant is loaded with over 80 active chemical compounds, one of them being CBD. CBD, short for cannabinoid, are the compounds that contain the health properties associated with cannabis. These are heavily concentrated in hemp, which is a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis. The flowers and leaves off the hemp plant are oozing with CBD, making it the number one source of pure CBD goodness.

There are four different types of CBD and vary based on the extraction process used. These four types are Full Spectrum Extract, Full Spectrum Oil, Broad Spectrum Oil, and Isolate. Each type of CBD differs in potency, smell, consistency, taste, and color. Full Spectrum Extract (also known as ‘crude’) and Full Spectrum Oil contain trace amounts of THC (<0.3%) while Broad Spectrum Oil and Isolate are both THC-free. CBD used in edible products are Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum Oil, and Isolate, and can all be used to support a healthy gut.

What is Nausea

Ever since we were babies, we’ve experienced the unpleasant feeling of nausea. Nausea is that discomfort, queasy feeling in the stomach that often leads to the urge to vomit. When nausea rears its ugly head, the sick feeling is sometimes debilitating. Nausea can be triggered by a slew of items, most often stress, viruses, pregnancy, bacterium, or motion, but there may be more serious causes that are leading to the icky feeling in your belly like:

  • Migraines
  • Vertigo
  • Seizures
  • Kidney or Gallbladder Disease
  • Infections
  • Stroke
  • Chemotherapy

Regardless of the root cause of nausea, natural remedies like CBD, meditation, and herbs most often help with reducing the sick feeling and restoring balance in the body. Why are these methods so successful? Because most stomach issues that are out of the blue are caused by stress, anxiety, panic, and dread, all of which can be eased with emotional support and mental refocus.

Nausea Caused by Anxiety

There is a direct link between the brain and our physical bodies often referred to as the “mind-body connection.” What once was thought of as hippie-dippy or new age is now being supported by emerging science that has begun making direct correlations between mental stress and physical illness. This is important to understand because knowing how the mind controls the body allows doctors to treat the cause of the sickness instead of simply treating the symptoms.

Here’s an example of how this connection can play out in real life: You wake up in the morning with a sharp pain in your stomach. The pain is real, you can feel it, so now you begin stressing about what is causing the pain. As the mind starts racing about why you’re in pain, your body starts hurting more, making you worry more and more about it until you’re convinced you have an ulcer or even worse, cancer. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in a situation like this! What may have just been a small pocket of gas that would have eventually worked its way out is now a full-blown ailment that sends you to the doctor’s office.

Our minds dictate everything we do and often determine whether we’re going to be healthy or sick. A healthy mind really does equal a healthy body. Those with a positive outlook have usually better health than those who are pessimists or suffer from depression or anxiety disorders. Sometimes calming the mind and reducing stress will lead to an ease of physical ailments, which is one of the reasons CBD has been so beneficial with treating many cases of nausea.

How CBD Affects Nausea

The brain and the GI tract are closely connected. That’s why most people get a ‘gut feeling’ when they’re in a difficult or stressful situation, and it also explains why we feel the need to throw up when we get nervous. We know from scientific research that manipulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) can regulate nausea and vomiting in humans and animals.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS), regulates all types of processes and functions internally, including the following:

  • Gut
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Memory
  • Appetite

CBD has been shown to support our ECS better than any other compound out there. Our bodies are loaded with different receptors that are protein-based chemical structures attached to our cells. CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are mostly found in our central nervous system. These receptors have a huge impact on our gut health. The CB1 agonism suppresses vomiting and CB1 inverse agonism promotes vomiting.

Because it interacts with the brain, scientists have found from animal experiments that CBD may be especially useful in treating more difficult symptoms of nausea and anticipatory nausea in chemotherapy patients, which is a huge break for cancer patients who often have such bad nausea, it leads to malnutrition and drastic weight loss.

In one study examining how CBD affects the ECS system, researchers found that cortisol levels decreased drastically when participants took CBD oil, suggesting that CBD may have a positive effect on releasing cortisol. This allows CBD to act as a sedative to encourage healthy cortisol levels that can balance the body when stress creates nausea. CBD also appears to interact with a network of proteins, receptors, and chemicals in the brain and could play a key role in providing your mind with a calm feeling when anxiety kicks. And to top it off, did you know CBD balances your serotonin? That’s right! A found link between CBD and serotonin makes CBD one of the best compounds to encourage a balanced state of mind. This can lead to an impressive decrease of anxiety-induced nausea along with decreasing headaches, tight muscles, and shallow breathing that may also be caused by anxiety.

Best CBD Products for Nausea

When the belly starts bubbling, grab a bottle of CBD oil for quick relief. CBD oil starts working in as little as 10 minutes and its effects can last for over two hours. Nausea that is chronic or is expected to last all day may need a little more support. If you find yourself in that situation, consider taking a slow-release product like gummies or softgels about an hour before your first dose of CBD wears off. Slow-release CBD takes roughly two hours to kick in and releases a slow trickle of CBD for up to six hours after.

Make sure that whatever CBD products you purchase for stomach support contain high-quality CBD and is free of pesticides and heavy metals, like products sold by Zelm Labs. If you’re new to taking CBD, start with a low dose of around 10-20 mg per day and work your way up until you feel optimal results.

Is CBD Legal?

CBD, short for cannabinoids, is found in every plant and living creature in some way, shape, or form, but most CBD that’s on the market has been extracted from hemp. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that contains very low THC and has been grown and harvested for thousands of years. 

Why is cannabis the go-to plant for CBD extraction? Because it’s loaded with these natural, healing 

compounds! From its roots to its stems, every part of hemp is used in the CBD extraction process. But wait, if cannabis is illegal in my state, is CBD also illegal? To answer that correctly, there’s a lot you need to know. We hope you have your thinking cap on because we’re about to dig into history and the US legal system to further understand the process that took place to free CBD from its previous restrictions.

History of Cannabis and CBD

Cannabis has quite an interesting history in the United States. A lot of political agendas have made the cannabis waters murky, but here are some of the main pieces to better figure out why cannabis is still illegal in some areas and how that’s affected the legality of CBD as well.

Using cannabis and CBD is nothing new, in fact, evidence of cannabis has been dated back thousands of years. From as far back as researchers can find, cannabis was used in healing ceremonies, religious ceremonies, and recreational activities ever since its discovery. Cannabis, also known as hemp or marijuana depending on the THC content, has been a medicinal staple for generations and was likely used as herbal medicine starting in Asia around 500 BC. Use didn’t end in Asia; cannabis quickly spread all across Europe, Africa, and the Americas, making it one of the go-to herbs for good health. In the 1600s, cannabis was a staple crop for American colonists. In areas such as Virginia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, it was a required crop because it had so many uses.

Cannabis comes in two varieties: marijuana and hemp. The main difference between the two is the THC content, with marijuana being high in THC and hemp being how in THC. From what researchers have uncovered, hemp was far more prominent than marijuana back in the early days. Although it had medicinal properties, it was mainly grown to make rope and textiles. Africans and European colonies grew hemp for the same purposes because its strong, fibrous texture made it incredibly durable and versatile.

Fast forward to the 1830s. The health benefits of cannabis were finally reaching other parts of Europe; health benefits that were known already in Asia, Rome, and Italy, but had yet to be discovered in other parts of the world. Irish doctor Sir Willian Brooke O’Shaughnessy discovered a correlation between cannabis extracts and relief from stomach pain, and by the end of the 1800s, cannabis extracts were sold in pharmacies and clinics throughout the US and Europe. The main purpose of cannabis was to provide aid to those with stomach pain and nausea, but many users were using it for other ailments just as those in Asia, Rome, and Italy had been doing for centuries. Very few side-effects had been recorded with cannabis use, making it one of the go-to medicines.

Change in Legal Status of Cannabis CBD

People had been using CBD, which was discovered to be the healing cannabinoids in cannabis, for as far back as we can find without any stigma. So what exactly changed? Many Americans’ attitudes towards cannabis started to shift in the early 1900s most likely motivated by the current events at that time as more and more Mexican immigrants fled to the U.S. after the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Caucasian Americans held all the power and influence at the time and began feeling threatened by the infiltration of Mexicans.

“The prejudices and fears that greeted these peasant immigrants also extended to their traditional means of intoxication: smoking marijuana,” author Eric Schlosser wrote for The Atlantic in 1994. “Police officers in Texas claimed that marijuana incited violent crime, aroused a ‘lust for blood,’ and gave its users ‘superhuman strength.’ Rumors spread that Mexicans were distributing this ‘killer weed’ to unsuspecting American schoolchildren.”

With the fear that foreigners were going to corrupt adolescents with an unknown, dangerous drug, 29 states by 1931 had outlawed all plant species related to cannabis. This included marijuana and hemp. Harry J. Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, turned the battle against marijuana into a war on drugs. Anslinger drafted The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 in what historians believe was based on racism, not for the health of the general public. Many scientists and medical professionals at the time claimed marijuana was not harmful and made efforts to persuade the public that the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was not implemented for the health of the people, but instead implemented to run out minorities who used the substance. Regardless of the pleas from the medical industry, the Act remained.

The Act did not directly criminalize the possession or usage of cannabis per se but imposed high taxes on the sale of cannabis. The Act included penalties and enforcement provisions to which cannabis handlers were subjected, including fines of up to $2,000 and five years in prison if anyone violated any provision. In short, the Act stated that every person who distributed marijuana, either selling or giving it away, must register with the Internal Revenue Service and pay a special occupational tax, which was high enough to cause major financial devastation for small hemp farmers. On top of the taxes, those selling and purchasing marijuana had to fill out countless forms recording who was selling cannabis, who was buying it, where the exchange was taking place, what was going sold, the cost of the transaction, and everything in between. The form then had to be given to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and kept on file by the seller in case of an ‘inspection’ a.k.a. an audit. All the costs and the restrictions put most hemp farmers out of business by the late 1930s.

Although growing and selling hemp in the US was practically illegal, it didn’t mean the US was hemp-free. After 1937 when most hemp farmers were run out of business, the US relied on other countries for its hemp needs, one of the largest importers being the Philippines who received its hemp from Japan.

Impact of WWII on Cannabis Production

During WWII, Japan cut hemp ties with the Philippines, which meant the US could no longer have access to the plant for its textile needs. The US was forced to start producing hemp itself to continue fulfilling the country’s quota, so in 1941, the government launched a pro-hemp campaign encouraging local farmers to grow as much hemp as possible to support war efforts. Farms flourished for five years, but the end of the war ended in 1946 meant the end of hemp farming as the need for clothing and textiles subsided.

The Marijuana Act of 1937 Abolished

Even with the explosion of hemp production during WWII, marijuana use was still heavily scrutinized and punished, especially for minorities who were four times more likely to be arrested. In the late 1960s, the federal government and states continued to increase punishment related to cannabis use until marijuana started to make its way into white, upper-middle-class homes. Many white men with affluence fought the Act, and it was declared unconstitutional in 1969. Before anyone could celebrate the victory, it was quickly replaced by the Controlled Substances Act in 1970 when Richard Nixon’s legislation classified marijuana—along with heroin and LSD, among others—as a Schedule I drug.

Fight to Legalize Cannabis and CBD

In the late 1970s, regulators began considering the medical applications of cannabis and started rolling out medical programs around the country to prove cannabis’ importance in the medical arena. Flash forward to 2018 after dozens of years fighting for the legalization of hemp, the Farm Bill of 2018 emerges.

The Farm Bill of 2018 came after the federal government finally acknowledged there is a difference between hemp and marijuana. Arguing that hemp can’t produce the psychoactive high that marijuana does, the federal government removed hemp from the Schedule 1 drug list and made it legal to grow in all 50 states. Although this was a big win for the world of CBD, there are still some restrictions, and this is where it gets sticky.

Legal Types of Cannabis CBD

The source of CBD is extremely important when it comes to the legality of the compound. If CBD is derived from marijuana, it is still considered a Schedule 1 drug. Why? Because marijuana CBD contains more than 0.3% THC, which is above the current legal limit of 0.3%. CBD that is derived from marijuana is only legal in states where recreational marijuana is legal such as California, Oregon, and Colorado. If you live in a state where recreational marijuana has not been legalized but medical marijuana has, you can purchase marijuana CBD at most dispensaries with a medical card.

CBD derived from hemp that comes from a licensed grower, adheres to all state guidelines, and doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC is removed from the Schedule 1 drug classification thus no longer listing it as a controlled substance. You think this would release CBD from any legal limitations as long as it hit the requirements above, but nothing is that easy.

State Legal Limitations of Cannabis CBD

There’s a conflict between federal requirements and state requirements when it comes to the acceptable levels of THC present in CBD, meaning purchasing CBD is going to take a little bit of research on your end.

In most states, as long as CBD meets the growing and harvesting qualifications and doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC, you’re in the clear. But in some states like Idaho, only CBD that contains 0% THC is allowed. That means in these states, only CBD products containing Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD are legal, so it’s important to know what type of CBD is used in products if you live in a state where CBD must be THC-free. Before filling up your shopping cart, do a little research on your state’s requirements. 

The Fight to Legalize All Cannabis CBD

There have been numerous bills and petitions sent to Congress to try and legalize CBD on all fronts, which would make selling CBD that contains <0.3% THC legal everywhere. Unfortunately, the process for making this change has been pending for years as the bill to legalize cannabis and CBD continues to get pushed aside.

Until the government declares cannabis and CBD products legal across the country, you may still have to deal with the THC restrictions in your area. It’s unfortunate that purchasing CBD, a natural compound

that has been known to improve health, has so many loopholes, but that’s just the world we live in.

At Zelm Labs, all of our edible products come in a THC-free option so you can take advantage of all the amazing products we have to offer no matter what state you live in. Isolate CBD may not contain the terpenes or other cannabinoids that may increase healing benefits, but it still has been rumored to reduce inflammation, nausea, pain, headaches, and insomnia.

If you’d like to join the fight to legalize cannabis so you can have unrestricted access to CBD, there are dozens of petitions out there for you to sign. Join the cause as we fight to give people the access to healing they so rightly deserve.

CBD for Wellness

Finding a healthy balance in life seems to be more challenging as time goes on. Simple things that were once considered ‘normal,’ such as getting fresh air, connecting with nature or drinking water, are now afterthoughts for some. With processed foods, excessive technology, and office jobs, living a healthy and balanced life takes more effort than ever before.

Every time you turn around, there’s a new health craze to help you get back on track, but with all the natural supplements and treatments out there, where in the world do you start? What ones are worth the money? What ones really work? If you’re looking to create 

balance and promote long-lasting health, you’ll probably need to create a game plan. The process of eating right, staying active, and supporting your system may take some time to perfect, but don’t fret! We’re about to show you some key items that may help to improve your health quicker than you can say ‘namaste.’ Learning how to eat right, be active, and incorporate healthy compounds like vitamins and CBD will give you the energy to live life to its fullest.

What is CBD

Before we dive into some recommended lifestyle changes, first let’s talk about what CBD is and why we’re suggesting it as a component for daily wellness. If you’ve been glancing through articles or websites, you’ve probably seen a wide array of CBD products on the market. It’s easy to see CBD as nothing more than a buzzword that will phase out faster than the kale trend if you don’t understand the history or the benefits associated.

CBD (short for cannabinoids) is found in every plant and living creature in some way, shape, or form, but most CBD that’s on the market has been extracted from hemp. Why is hemp the go-to plant? Because it’s loaded with CBD! From its roots to its stems, hemp is oozing with cannabinoids, and since it’s legal to grow and harvest in every state, hemp continues to be the number one source for CBD.

To help clear up some confusion before we get too deep into this, you may notice that the terms ‘hemp,’ ‘marijuana,’ and ‘cannabis’ are often used interchangeably when referring to CBD. Cannabis is the plant species, and hemp and marijuana are the different varieties. The biggest difference between hemp and marijuana is the CBD-to-THC ratio. Hemp has high CBD and low THC while marijuana has low CBD and high THC. Although most people believe our ancestors used hemp more often than marijuana, we’re going to simply use the term ‘cannabis’ when we discuss CBD history as that’s what was recorded on historical documents.

History of CBD for Wellness

Cannabis has been a world-wide medicinal staple for thousands of years. Dating back to 2737 BC, Chinese documents explain how cannabis was often used as medicine. Emperor Shen-Nung used to seep the flowers, leaves, and seeds of the cannabis plant to develop topical oils and teas for pain relief. In the second century, there’s evidence that cannabis was also used as an anesthetic to help patients endure medical procedures.

Around the 1830s, Irish doctor Sir Willian Brooke O’Shaughnessy discovered a connection between cannabis extracts and relief from stomach pain, and by the end of the 1800s, cannabis extracts were sold in pharmacies throughout Europe and the US.

Even the Romans have a long history of cannabis use. In 77 AD, a man by the name of Pliny the Elder documented how beneficial hemp was for extracting insects from ears and for general pain relief. Around the same era, Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a pharmacopeia where he listed all the medical benefits of hemp, including relief from ear pain, stomach-related issues, and burns. By 200 AD, Galen seconded hemp’s ability to relieve pain.

CBD Impact on Wellness

With so much history supporting cannabis use for medicinal purposes, the idea of using it as a wellness supplement has become widely accepted among Americans. Those who are taking CBD have claimed it has helped with numerous conditions, including:

Many senior citizens are adding CBD to their daily regime to help them reduce the need for so many medications.

Shamans across the country are treating high numbers of retirees who are suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and overall pain. And because many have experienced tremendous results, repeat customers are on the rise.

If you find yourself needing help with any of the symptoms above, start taking notes, because we’re about to lay out some great health tips to get you on the road to improved wellness.

Stretching + CBD for Morning Wellness

Your morning schedule will set the tone for the rest of the day, so make sure you’re setting aside enough time to prep your body and mind for what the day holds. Using an invigorating face wash infused with CBD may not only soothe baggy eyes, but it can also protect your skin from any free radical damage you might encounter. Top it off with lightweight CBD face oil, and your beauty routine is complete.

If you woke up feeling lethargic, sore, and maybe even inflamed, you can invigorate your muscles by using a CBD-infused muscle cream or topical oil. Inflammation is a sign your body is under duress; it is your body’s way of protecting itself against harm. Acute inflammation happens when you injure yourself, like when you pull a muscle or tweak your back. When an injury occurs, your immune system unleashes an army of white blood cells to surround and protect the area, creating visible swelling and redness. Without this response, injuries could get worse and infections could become deadly. Chronic inflammation often arises when there are unwanted substances in the body such as toxins from cigarette smoke or an overabundance of fat cells. This inflammation is often inside arteries and organs and can take years to treat.

CBD has been shown to support our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex internal system that plays a role in regulating inflammation. Although more research is needed to understand exactly how CBD impacts the ECS, the studies that have been done show that CBD strengthens the ECS and allows the ECS to do what it does best: keep the body in homeostasis. When pain or infection enters the body, the ECS sounds the alarm and puts the brain and organs on high alert. That way, the body is ready to fight whatever is infiltrating it. Strengthening the ECS with CBD may help the body fight pain and infection more efficiently, thus keeping inflammation low.

Once CBD has been applied to your muscles and joints, the next item on the agenda is a thoughtful, deep stretch. There are numerous benefits of stretching, even for those who don’t work out vigorously. Stretching doesn’t just elongate the muscles to improve flexibility but it also strengthens them as well. It increases blood and nutrient supply to muscles and tendons, taking all the goodness of CBD and spreading it throughout your system. The reason stretching is so perfect for mornings is because it improves posture, boosts energy, and can even create a more peaceful mindset.

Clean Eating + CBD for Afternoon Wellness

Lunchtime hits and you have a decision to make: do you pick up fast food, or whip up a salad using produce from your garden? Most Americans would choose Option 1 and it’s one of the reasons there is a huge health crisis in our country. Most fast food is high in sodium, trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. If a fast-food lunch is part of your normal routine, you’ll have a much higher chance of developing serious health issues in the future such as obesity, high blood pressure, depleted nutrients, and heart disease. There’s also a good chance you’re not washing that burger down with water or unsweetened iced tea; you’re probably going to order a soda, which is only contributing to the problem. Sugary drinks are directly linked to health gain, diabetes, and energy depletion. Plus drinking soda could cause you to eat more, seriously! One study showed that people who drank soda regularly consumed 17% more calories than they would have if they were drinking water instead.

When you ditch the junk and choose healthier food options, not only does it keep your caloric intake low, it also provides your body with the proper nutrients to fight sickness and disease faster. Choose to fill up on fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and plenty of water so you can enjoy the benefits of improved health and wellness.

After lunch, pop a piece of CBD-infused gum or maybe a CBD-infused mint to freshen breath and give your brain a small dose of calm before heading back to work. Because CBD is known to interact with a network of receptors, proteins, and chemicals in the brain, it may play a key role in fighting anxiety. CBD may also have a positive impact on your serotonin. A found link between CBD and serotonin may make CBD one of the best compounds to encourage a balanced state of mind.

Meditating + CBD for Evening Wellness

Evenings are the best time to release the built-up stress from the day and finally unwind. There’s no better way to channel your inner Zen than with a deep meditation session. Your brain has more power over your health than you would ever give it credit for, so when the mind focuses on negative thoughts like worrying about your job or stressing over finances, it creates a panic response in the brain that can keep you from the deep sleep you crave.

You can reduce your anxiety is by meditating right before bed. There are a few different ways to clear your mind and reduce your stress. First, you can observe meditation through yoga. Many yoga classes focus so much on breathing and relaxation, you won’t even have time to think about anything else! Another thing you could try is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a form of meditation where a teacher or a speaker provides calm visualizations for you to focus on. Mindfulness is great for those who prefer to unwind by visualizing yourself walking on warm sand towards the cool, blue ocean. Or if you’re a meditation master, you can go the traditional route by completely turning off your mind and letting nothingness restore your soul.

Whatever meditation method you choose, taking a CBD softgel, gummy, or some oil before meditating can guide you into deeper meditation. By ending your day with a more peaceful state of mind, your brain can then release endorphins, a natural pain reliever, to help eliminate your physical and emotional pain so you can have a more restful evening. Enjoying a good night’s sleep means your body and brain can repair, reset, and will be ready for whatever the next day has in store.

Four Types of CBD

Oh, the world of CBD… so may terms, so many definitions, so many questions, and so much confusion. Descriptions of CBD products can perplex even the brightest minds, making CBD shopping unnecessarily overwhelming.

To relieve some of the pressure from you, we did the research and put together an overview of the types of CBD available so you can better understand the market.

While reviewing CBD products and labels, you will most likely come across one of these terms: Full Spectrum Extract, Full Spectrum Oil, Broad Spectrum Oil, and Isolate. These four types of CBD differ in potency, smell, consistency, taste, and color. Depending on the product, one might prefer to use one CBD type over another. The type of CBD is determined by how its extracted from the hemp plant.

Type of CBD: Full Spectrum Extract

Once the cannabis plant is harvested, it goes through a process to extract CBD from the leaves, roots, and buds. Our CBD providers use a CO2 extraction method that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull out the desired compounds from the plant. Full spectrum extract CBD, also referred to as full extract or crude, is what you get the first time you extract. Although the concentration of CBD is usually the lowest in full spectrum extract (around 65%), the amounts of other compounds and terpenes are higher. Crude is awesome for creams and hair products as it provides a rich, oily texture that soothes skin and nourishes hair.

Type of CBD: Full Spectrum Oil

This oil is the result of a second CO2 extraction method that removes most of the THC found in cannabis, leaving only 0.3% THC, which is under the legal limit. The concentration of CBD in full spectrum oil is usually around 80%. Full spectrum CBD is ideal for edibles, oils, and skincare as it creates an entourage effect, meaning that by keeping some of the other beneficial compounds from cannabis intact, the CBD oil has a stronger impact than it would if only one compound (such as only CBD) was present.

Type of CBD: Broad Spectrum Oil

After going through an additional CO2 extraction method, the oil becomes completely THC free. The concentration of CBD in broad spectrum oil is high (around 85%) while other compounds and terpenes are very minimal. Broad spectrum CBD is great for those who want a high-quality oil with zero percent THC.

Type of CBD: Isolate

Isolate is produced with a different extraction process than the rest. The extracted oil goes through a winterization process that removes all waxes, compounds, and terpenes. The finished product comes out in powder form and is usually around 99.8% CBD, making isolate completely THC free with no remaining compounds or terpenes. CBD Isolate is ideal for gum, mints, gummies, and pet products since it’s extremely difficult to make products like those with an oily base.

What CBD Type is Best

When it comes to the types of CBD, you really can’t go wrong, but if you are looking to get the highest potential of healing, buy products with full spectrum oil whenever possible. Taking CBD that contains terpenes, a small amount of THC, and a handful of other compounds provides a deeper and more well-rounded effect. Although the amount of THC found in CBD is not enough to give psychoactive effects, CBD products especially containing full spectrum extract or full spectrum oil may not be legal in your state. Before ordering products from Zelm Labs, review your state’s CBD laws to ensure the products you’re purchasing are legal in your area.

CBD in Personal Lubricants

If you’ve spent any time scoping out CBD, you’ve probably stumbled across CBD-infused products that you didn’t even know were possible. Because CBD has a lot of potential benefits, the possibilities of how to use CBD is ever-expanding. From edibles such as mints and gummies to entire cosmetic lines, CBD is everywhere, but did you know that CBD is making a name for itself in the love-making department? That’s right, CBD has also been linked to benefits in the bedroom by infusing personal lubricants with the compound. How does this happen, exactly? Let’s get a better understanding of what CBD is so we know how CBD can help.

Potential Benefits of CBD in Lubricants

There are many reasons people are incorporating CBD into their daily routine. Users are touting that CBD has the potential to reduce inflammation, balance hormones, decrease anxiety, and improve skin. When CBD oil is applied topically as in the case of CBD lube, it is quickly absorbed into the body to interact with nearby cannabinoid receptors. Because genital tissue has more pores and is more delicate than other parts of the body, there’s a higher chance of CBD absorption when used in a personal lube.

CBD in Lubricants Reduces Anxiety

CBD appears to interact with a network of proteins, receptors, and chemicals in the brain. These interactions may play a key role in producing a calm feeling when anxiety or stress take over. Why is this important for intimacy? When we experience anxiety, our blood flows away from our extremities, including our genitals, and flows directly to our vital organs. During sex, we need our blood flowing to our genitals for them to function correctly, which won’t happen if it’s too busy hanging out with our liver or kidneys.

Fear, often associated with anxiety, interferes with sex in multiple ways. When we are fearful, our bodies constrict and tense up, tightening the muscles and the pelvic floor. A tight pelvic floor can lead to premature ejaculation or vaginismus, which is when the vaginal muscles constrict, making it difficult for penetration to occur. When anxiety and jitters are reduced, the body can float into a relaxed pleasure state, potentially making sexual encounters less constricted and more enjoyable.

Anxiety also impacts our emotions and our thoughts, often redirecting our minds to a negative, toxic place. When we’re anxious, we’re more likely to worry about our performance, our appearance, or any number of factors that can both diminish sexual desire and draw attention away from the sensations that precede sexual climax.

CBD in Lubricants Reduces Inflammation

CBD has been shown to support our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex internal system that plays a key role in regulating inflammation and chronic pain. Although more research is needed to understand exactly how CBD impacts the ECS, the studies that have been done show that CBD strengthens the ECS and allows the ECS to do what it does best: keep the body in homeostasis.

CBD’s link to reduced inflammation could be a game-changer in the sexual arena. Research is revealing a correlation between sexual dysfunction and inflammatory arthritis. A research study based out of Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, showed that up to 70% of participants with chronic inflammation suffered from pain, fatigue, reduced sexual desire, mobility restrictions, and/or erectile dysfunction. That is a huge percentage of people who could experience improved sexual intimacy if their inflammation were reduced.

CBD in Lubricants Increases Pleasure

If the spark is missing in the bedroom, CBD might be the match that reignites the flame. When CBD is used on your delicate regions, there’s a good chance you’ll experience an overall increased sensitivity to touch, along with increased willingness to be more sensual and engaged. Higher engagement could mean increased sexual pleasure and deepened orgasmic abilities. Because of the number of cannabinoid receptors in reproductive organs and genitals, CBD, which is a cannabinoid, can increase blood flow to tissues when it’s applied to the skin. This can increase sensitivity and promote the creation of natural lubrication, thus allowing a little bit of lube to go a long way.

CBD in Lubricants Increases Intimacy

While CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects like its sister cannabinoid, THC, it may improve your mood by boosting your bliss neurotransmitter, anandamide. Anandamide is associated with oxytocin, also known as the ‘cuddle hormone.’ When CBD is used in intimate moments, it may increase natural neurotransmitters and endorphins that could lead to a better sexual experience. Endorphins create an overall feeling of stress relief, and they also act as a natural antidepressant by boosting your mood.

Types of CBD Lubricants

There are three main types of lubricants on the market: Oil-based, silicone-based, and water-based. Because everyone’s intimate needs differ, it’s nice having a handful of options to choose from. If you’re unsure what one to go with, here are some pros and cons of each to help you on your quest.

Water-Based CBD Lubricants

Pros: They’re easy to wash off using warm water, and are safe to use with latex-based contraception.

Cons: They often evaporate quicker than oil-based lubes, which means you may need to reapply more frequently. Water-based lubes are not ideal for use where water is present, like in the shower or tub.

Oil-Based CBD Lubricants

Pros: They keep areas lubricated for longer than water-based products and make intimate moments in water more pleasurable.

Cons: Oil can break down latex, so these are not ideal for use with latex-based contraception. They’re also difficult to clean off the skin without the use of mild soap, and may stain clothing, towels, and sheets.

Silicone-Based CBD Lubricants

Pros: These make private areas incredibly slippery. They don’t degrade latex and also work well in water.

Cons: They tend to leave a sticky residue that may be extremely difficult to wash off.

Whatever lubricant base you choose, make sure you read labels carefully. Avoid any products with alcohol, parabens, fragrances, or artificial colors as these ingredients may create dryness and irritation.

CBD in Skincare

Have you ever walked into an art gallery and stared at all the incredible paintings hanging on the walls? Before a masterpiece becomes a masterpiece, first you must have a clean canvas. The human face is much like a blank canvas that’s waiting to be turned into a masterpiece. But what happens if your ‘canvas’ is damaged, wrinkled, discolored, or rough? How can you restore your youthful glow and reduce future damage by healing and protecting your skin? This is where the importance of CBD-infused skincare comes into play, and it’s taking the beauty industry by storm!

What is CBD

CBD seems to be everywhere, but what is it exactly? 

Cannabinoids (CBD) are the compounds found in cannabis that contain many health properties ranging from nausea relief to anxiety support. Although most plants in the world contain some percentage of CBD, hemp, a variety of cannabis, has continued to be the primary source for extraction. Unlike marijuana, which has high levels of THC, hemp only contains 0.3% THC, making it legal to grow in all states. 

Benefits of CBD in Skincare

The beauty, skincare, and cosmetics industry raked in almost $50 billion in sales in 2019 with CBD-infused products accounting for over $580 million of those sales. Despite the lack of federal research on CBD, there is some evidence showing why adding CBD to skincare products is invaluable. Beauty magazines from Allure to Self are marketing CBD-infused products because of the long list of benefits consumers are experiencing, making these lotions, cleansers, serums, and oils one of the better alternatives to expensive and invasive facial treatments.

CBD in Skincare Reduces Inflammation

CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, which is why it’s one of the fastest natural compounds on the market. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex internal system that plays a role in regulating inflammation, mood, and hormones. When skin is puffy and inflamed, it often means there’s something more going on in the body. Skin inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, including immune system dysfunction, an infection, or an allergic reaction. When CBD is applied to the face, it’s quickly absorbed into the system where it rushes to the aid of the ECS. Once the body is strong enough to fight off whatever is attacking it, facial skin can return to its normal appearance.

CBD in Skincare Reduces Free Radical Damage

You hear the term ‘free radicals’ all the time in the world of beauty and skincare, but what exactly does it mean? Basically, everything around us is comprised of molecules. Molecules are comprised of atoms which are made of pairs of electrons. When an atom is missing an electron, they become free radicals. Free radicals can damage your skin by trying to steal an extra electron from atoms in your facial tissue. When atoms are stolen from your skin, it causes damage to our DNA that can speed up the aging process. Free radical damage may appear in several forms from changes in skin color to wrinkly skin.

So, what is the superhero that fights these free radicals? Antioxidants! These gifts from above are compounds that donate an electron to a free radical so the free radical doesn’t take the electron from the skin. Well-known antioxidants are either consumed or applied to the skin, and they include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Thanks to new research, we’re finding that CBD has immense antioxidant properties that keep our skin strong and refreshed, reducing the chances of free radical damage when CBD is applied to the face daily.

CBD in Skincare Reduces Acne

For those of you struggling with blemishes, good news! There is some evidence that CBD may clear up acne. CBD has the unique ability to adjust how we create sebum. Sebum is an oily, slightly waxy substance that’s made by the skin to protect it from the outside world. Although sebum is a vital part of healthy skin, it tends to trap dirt, dead skin cells, and pollutants inside our pores thus creating acne. By reducing the amount of sebum in the skin, it reduces your chances of storing unwanted particles under the surface of the skin.

CBD in Skincare Reduces Scarring

Some research has credited CBD oil for helping to reduce scarring caused by acne. This is a huge PLUS for those of us who didn’t take great care of our skin when we were younger. Researchers from Modena in Italy found that topical applications of CBD led to significant improvement of the skin after only three months. This was most likely caused by the antiproliferative (cell changing) and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.

Research CBD Skincare Products

There are plenty of CBD-infused products out there, so it may take some time to find the best ones. Because CBD is an unregulated market (as of now), there are two main challenges you might run in to:

  1. CBD potency may not be accurate
  2. CBD may contain heavy metals or pesticides that could harm your skin

How do you navigate these challenges to ensure you’re not only getting your money’s worth, but you’re also keeping your skin from additional damage? Here are some tips to guide you through your shopping journey:

  • Find a CBD company that follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Companies that have GMP certificates, like those who partner with Zelm Labs, are heavily scrutinized by third-party auditors, keeping them accountable for the quality of products they produce.
  • Ask for a COA on your product. What is a COA? Great question! COA stands for Certificate of Analysis and they’re provided by third-party testing facilities. COAs will show the actual CBD potency in the product, along with a list of any contaminants that may be present.
  • Read the ingredients. Avoid any products that contain unnecessary fillers, preservatives, artificial fragrances, or added coloring. These items may cause irritation, discoloration, or increased scarring.

CBD for Pain

In light of the current opioid crisis in America, people are ditching their prescription drugs and opting for safer pain relief options. With far fewer side-effects compared to medications, cannabis-derived CBD products are flying off the shelves as studies continue to show CBD to assist with a slew of different aches and pains. If you are looking for a healthier alternative that may reduce inflammation and restore muscles quicker, hang out with us for a bit; CBD just might be the perfect option for you.

CBD and Types of Pain

There are many types of pain that often require different treatments, but how cool would it be if there was one product you could reach for that could help alleviate any type of pain you’re feeling? Although scientific studies are limited, mainly due to political agendas, it hasn’t stopped millions of Americans from experiencing fantastic results using CBD to assist with all types of discomfort:

  • Tired muscles
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Achy backs

History of CBD for Pain Relief

Using CBD to help with pain may sound like a new concept to you, but CBD from cannabis has been a medicinal staple for thousands of years. In the 1830s, Irish doctor Sir Willian Brooke O’Shaughnessy discovered a correlation between cannabis extracts and relief from stomach pain, and by the end of the 1800s, cannabis extracts were sold in clinics and pharmacies throughout the US and Europe to provide aid to those with stomach pain, nausea, and other ailments. Dating back to 2737 BC, ancient Chinese documents explain how hemp was one of the first herbs used for medicinal purposes. Emperor Shen-Nung utilized the flowers, leaves, and seeds of the cannabis plant to develop topical oils and teas to aid in pain relief. In the second century, there’s evidence that cannabis was used as an anesthetic to help patients endure medical procedures that would have otherwise been unbearable.

Asians weren’t the only ones benefiting from cannabis; even the Romans have a long history of hemp use. In 77 AD, a man by the name of Pliny the Elder documented how beneficial hemp was for extracting insects from ears and for general pain relief. Around the same era, Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a pharmacopeia where he listed all the medical benefits of hemp, including relief from ear pain, stomach-related issues, and burns. By 200 AD, Galen seconded hemp’s ability to relieve pain.

With so much history supporting hemp use for medicinal purposes, why does there still seem to be a stigma around using CBD from cannabis to improve health?

“Cannabis has been a Schedule 1 drug for a long time, which has limited the type of research needed to figure out how best to use it therapeutically,” says Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D., research investigator in the department of anesthesiology and the Michigan Medicine Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center.

“There are […] observational studies that ask why people use CBD and if it’s effective, and results tend to be quite positive,” he explains. “People report using CBD for anxiety, pain, sleep — all things that go hand in hand with chronic pain.”

Because of hemp’s extensive history, Dr. Boehke believes more people should be taking CBD seriously, especially since medical cannabis was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia before the implementation of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, which put Federal restrictions on cannabis.

CBD vs. Opioids for Pain

Without the proper knowledge of CBD, it’s easy for people to assume that substituting opioids for CBD is only exchanging one problem for another. We’ve been trained to believe that cannabis, regardless of THC content, is addictive, unsafe, and could be detrimental to your health. There will be a handful of people who have adverse reactions to CBD, but for the majority, that’s just not the case. Let’s break down the truth surrounding the comparison of CBD and opioids so you can have a better understanding of the products at hand.

Myth #1: CBD is as addictive as opioids

Fact: There has been no research showing that CBD is addictive; in fact, the opposite is true. Studies have revealed that while THC initiates a psychological response from the brain, CBD does not.

Opioids, on the other hand, are one of the most addictive substances on the market. Opioids have a high risk of addiction even when the medications are prescribed appropriately and taken as directed. When you consume a pain-relief drug such as morphine or oxycodone, it changes the chemistry of your brain. Often, users will develop a drug tolerance to opioids, which means the dose they’re taking must be increased in order for the body to achieve the same effects. If you developed a dependence or an addiction to opioids, cutting them out could mean serious physical and psychological withdrawals.

Myth #2: CBD and opioids simply mask the pain

Fact: Unlike opioids, which are designed to relieve pain, CBD may actually treat pain at its source by reducing inflammation, which is one of the main causes of pain. What exactly is inflammation, you ask? Think of inflammation as your body’s way of protecting itself against harm. There are two types of inflammation: Acute and Chronic. Acute inflammation happens when you injure yourself, like when you cut your finger or sprain your ankle. Your immune system unleashes an army of white blood cells to surround and protect the area, creating visible swelling and redness. Without this response, injuries could get worse, and simple infections could become deadly. Chronic inflammation often occurs when there are unwanted substances in the body such as toxins from smoke or an overabundance of fat cells. The inflammation is often inside arteries and organs and can take years to treat.

CBD has been linked to supporting our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex internal system that plays a role in regulating inflammation and chronic pain. Although more research is needed to understand exactly how CBD impacts the ECS, the studies that have been done show that CBD strengthens the ECS and allows the ECS to do what it does best: keep the body in homeostasis. When pain or infection enters the body, the ECS sounds the alarm and puts the brain and organs on high alert. That way, the body is ready to fight whatever is infiltrating it. The ECS is kind of like an army general and CBD is the protein bar that the general eats before going into battle; the extra protein gives the general the fuel he needs to win the war.

Myth #3: CBD has as many side-effects as opioids

Fact: The potential side-effects of CBD compared to opioids is like comparing apples to oranges. Just like any health supplement, CBD does have some side-effects that have been recorded, especially for those who take consistently high doses, but they’re minor compared to opioid. The most common CBD side-effects users may experience are:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

Many people who take opioids will experience at least one of these common side-effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Euphoria
  • Slowed Breathing (which can lead to hypoxia)
  • Addiction

Compared to the side-effects of opioids, CBD appears to be a much safer alternative for supporting pain relief, which is probably why so many senior citizens are choosing CBD over opioids and other medication. Shamans across the country are receiving flocks of retirees suffering from symptoms such as Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and general stiffness and pain with the desire to relieve these ailments using holistic methods. And because many experience tremendous results using CBD, repeat customers are on the rise.

Over-the-Counter Medications for Pain

Popping ibuprofen or aspirin for pain relief has become as common as popping mints. In 2019 alone, sales from brands such as Advil, Bayer, and Tylenol amounted to nearly $1.2 billion! As millions of people reach for their go-to bottle to ease headaches, inflammation, or bring pain levels down a notch, how many of them are thinking about these potential side-effects:

  • Elevated Risk of Stroke
  • Stomach Bleeding
  • Heartburn
  • Ulcers
  • Liver or Kidney Problems
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Swelling of Neck and Throat

Knowing there is a chance of severe health issues associated with medications, maybe it’s time to consider healthier alternatives for bringing you the relief you deserve.

Best Natural Remedies for Pain

 

As you might have read above, CBD is one of the fastest-growing remedies to help soothe and reduce pain. It’s non-addictive, has very few side-effects, and comes in a vast array of products. Incorporating other forms of natural treatments with CBD may help to enhance the benefits of CBD. How? Because living a healthy lifestyle can put the body in prime condition for healing and mending itself. The next time pain has you down, try a combination of natural treatments to get you back on top. Here are a few of our favorite combinations to improve overall wellness:

CBD + Stretching

There are numerous benefits of stretching, even for those who aren’t working out vigorously. Stretching not only stretches the muscles to improve flexibility but also strengthens them as well. It increases blood supply and nutrient supply to muscles and tendons, taking all the goodness of CBD and spreading it throughout the body. Stretching improves posture, boosts energy, and can even create a more peaceful mindset.

CBD + Healthy Eating

Listing all the benefits of eating healthy would add a hundred pages to this article, so to keep things short, let’s quickly discuss how eating healthy can lessen pain and increase healing. As we learned before, CBD assists with the ECS system to provide it with necessary support when the body detects pain and inflammation. How better to support the ECS system than to reduce the number of times the ‘alarm’ goes off. By reducing the foods that cause inflammation, the ECS will have more time to focus on other vital tasks like balancing hormones or improving your mood. Here are five foods you can start cutting out today so you can start feeling better tomorrow:

  1. Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  2. Vegetable oils
  3. Refined carbohydrates
  4. Processed meats
  5. Excess alcohol

CBD + Meditation

Your brain has more power over your health than you have ever given it credit for. When the mind focuses on negative thoughts like worrying about your job or stressing over health, it triggers a panic response in the brain which often leads to anxiety. If the body can’t process anxiety healthily, negative emotions such as fear, panic, and gloom can overwhelm it, leading to immense mental, physical, and/or emotional damage. When we’re incapable of reasonably assessing situations, the body may freak out, creating physical reactions such as hyperventilating, excessive sweating, insomnia, inflammation, stomach pain, or headaches.

One proven way to reduce anxiety is by meditating for a few moments every day. Taking CBD before meditating may guide you into deeper meditation. By shifting your mindset to a more positive place, your brain can then release endorphins, a natural pain reliever, to help eliminate your physical and emotional pain.

CBD for Anxiety

With everything going on in 2020, it’s safe to say almost all of us have experienced some anxiety. We hear the term ‘anxiety’ a lot, but what exactly is it? Anxiety is a mental reaction to something stressful that often creates a sense of anguish, uneasiness, or the brain believes we are in danger. When we find ourselves in uncharted territories such as losing a job or going on a blind date, the mind is programmed to analyze these situations to determine what things are minor and what is a threat. After putting everything in categories and reviewing all possible solutions to problems, our brain then chooses the best route to take to find a resolution to the issues at hand.

Some amount of anxiety is completely necessary for safety and survival, but what happens when the mind is unable to switch back to ‘regular’ mode and we find ourselves becoming obsessive, crippled with fear, anger, or worry? What happens when even the smallest situations cause our brain to believe it may just be the end of the world? How can we use the tools nature has provided to take back control and live in a calmer state of mind?

Negative Effects of Anxiety

There are countless situations where anxiety and stress are the cause of health issues. We often think the only way we get sick is by contracting a virus or a bacterium or maybe sustaining an injury, but the brain is just as capable of making us sick as any outside element. If the body can’t process anxiety healthily, negative emotions such as fear, panic, and gloom can overwhelm it, leading to immense mental, physical, and/or emotional damage. When we’re incapable of reasonably assessing situations, our mind often causes the body to freak out, creating physical reactions such as hyperventilating, excessive sweating, loss or increase of appetite, insomnia, and the production of unnecessary cortisol.

Produced by the adrenal glands, cortisol is your body’s main stress hormone that works with the parts of the brain that control fear, mood, or provide motivation. It is best known for helping to fuel your body’s “fight-or-flight” instinct when you’re in a crisis, getting you out of harm’s way as quickly as possible. Cortisol levels are designed to decrease once the mind says it’s safe to do so, but if the mind is in a constant state of high alert, it’s common for cortisol to stay elevated. The toll this can take on the body is pretty serious and has been known to cause more than a few issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Memory problems
  • Heart disease

Anxiety-Caused Mental Disorders

If you find yourself seeing everything as a threat, your brain convinces you that even the smallest things can be a threat to your survival. You feel panicked about every situation, no matter how small or insignificant that may be. You may be overly terrified of germs, so you wash your hands every 10 minutes, or maybe you’re terrified that someone will kidnap you, so you never leave the house. There are dozens of ways anxiety presents itself, and they all fall within one of three categories:

  1. Anxiety Disorders: Have you ever felt your heart race uncontrollably because you saw a snake, or maybe you’re terrified of being in crowds of people. If you’ve found yourself overreacting to situations because you felt crippled by fear and anxiety, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced (or are still experiencing) an anxiety disorder. These include disorders such as phobias, social anxiety, panic, and separation anxiety. Anxiety disorders are triggered by fear and are often fueled by overactive imaginations or past trauma.
  2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: Better known as OCD, people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders struggle with recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations that drive them to do something repetitively. The repetitive behaviors, such as brushing your hair a certain number of times or washing hands compulsively, can significantly interfere with one’s daily activities and social interactions. For those with OCD, routines and behaviors are unwanted and overly rigid to the point where not doing them can cause immense distress.
  3. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders: Trauma-related disorders can be acute stress disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These are severe psychological reactions that develop following exposure to a stressful or traumatic event such as neglect, childhood abuse, combat, assault, natural disasters, or torture.

Although the categories may vary and the treatments may differ, we know one thing: All anxiety starts in the brain. Once a doctor or therapist determines that your ailments are caused by anxiety, it’s time to start figuring out how you can help your brain feel safe, balanced, and capable of dealing with anything that comes its way. Since CBD has been shown to interact with your brain’s receptors, it might be a great remedy for those who don’t want to become reliant on prescription medications, or for those who are looking to support their current treatments or therapies.

Remedies for Anxiety

There are too many treatments to count when it comes to coping with or eliminating anxiety, but when reviewing all the options, they always seem to fall into one of two categories: Medications or Natural Remedies.

Medications for Anxiety

Anti-anxiety medications have been around for decades and are often prescribed for short-term relief from mental episodes. Dozens of anti-anxiety medications have been produced by the medical industry to treat all types of anxiety-related disorders, but the truth of the matter is they are usually designed to treat symptoms, not the root cause.

Benzodiazepines are sedatives that help to relax muscles and calm the mind and are prescribed for most anxiety episodes. They work by increasing the effects of specific neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that pass messages from one brain cell to another. Xanax or Valium are commonly-prescribed Benzodiazepines that work with suppressing symptoms, but unfortunately, they have a long list of potential side-effects one should consider before taking them. They’re most often known for causing drowsiness, memory loss, vision problems, depression, and may even cause seizures if weaned off them too quickly.

Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Before medications came into play, humans relied solely on natural remedies for relief. Some of the oldest, such as meditation, yoga, therapy, and herbs, date back thousands of years. From as far back as researchers can find, hemp is one natural remedy that’s been used to heal a myriad of health conditions ever since its discovery .

If the thought of using CBD is giving you anxiety, rest assured we are not the first generation to use it. Hemp, which is a low-THC variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, is loaded with CBD and has been a medicinal staple for generations! It was likely used as herbal medicine starting in Asia around 500 BC. For thousands of years, it was used to help the body to restore itself. CBD doesn’t just help with symptoms; it may help get to the source of the problem and put the body in prime condition to begin healing and repairing so you can experience long-term benefits. 

With any supplement, there is always a chance of adverse reactions, but with the studies conducted on CBD so far, those side-effects are fairly minor. Some users have experienced nausea, fatigue, and irritability. Since side-effects tend to be far and few in between, many holistic physicians and chiropractors are recommending CBD as a natural alternative to prescription drugs.  

How CBD Helps Anxiety

CBD, one of the main cannabinoids found in hemp, has been found to support our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex internal system that plays a role in regulating all types of processes and functions, including the following:

  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Memory

Our bodies have tons of different receptors, which are protein-based chemical structures that are attached to our cells. Plant-based CBD, often extracted from hemp, interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are mostly found in our central nervous system. In one study examining how CBD affects the ECS system, researchers found that cortisol levels decreased significantly when participants took CBD oil. These results suggest that CBD may have a positive effect on releasing cortisol, allowing CBD to act as a sedative to encourage normal wake/sleep cycles and overall healthy cortisol levels.

Because CBD appears to interact with a network of proteins, receptors, and chemicals in the brain, CBD may play a key role in providing your brain with a calm feeling when anxiety starts to take over. And to top it off, did you know CBD affects your serotonin? That’s right! A found link between CBD and serotonin makes CBD one of the ideal compounds to encourage a balanced state of mind. So how does this happen, exactly? When serotonin levels are too low, it’s common for people to experience depression and anxiety. The conventional treatment for low serotonin is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as Zoloft or Prozac, but with the new flood of CBD research taking place, many people with anxiety may be able to manage their condition with CBD instead of taking one of those prescription drugs.

Best CBD for Anxiety

If you’ve researched or purchased CBD before, you may have seen the terms ‘quick release’ or ‘slow release’ next to certain products. Some anxiety relief may require a quick release of CBD while other disorders would benefit more from a slow-release product. Understanding what these terms mean will help you choose the right CBD products for your needs.

Quick-Release CBD Products

Quick-release products release CBD into your system quickly. If CBD is absorbed into the skin or the mouth tissue, it can start providing relief in as little as 10 minutes! This is an ideal type of product if you suffer from sporadic panic attacks or stressors. Quick-release products will often linger in the system for over an hour, providing you with enough support to get you over the hump. Our favorite quick-release products for anxiety include gummints, and oils.

Slow-Release CBD Products

Opposite of quick-release, slow-release has a delayed response. With taking slow-release products, CBD will enter your system in around two hours, then it slowly releases the CBD over a 6-hour window. Slow-release CBD is perfect for people who need consistent relief from items such as chronic fear, an overactive mind, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and those who often get woken up in the middle of the night with their mind racing. The ideal products for those who believe slow-release CBD would be a good addition to support their anxiety relief can start and end their day by taking products like softgels or gummies. Another option is to purchase a quick-release product with low potency and evenly space out doses throughout the day. 

CBD for Sleep

Sleep. It’s vital, yet often neglected. Everyone does it, but it’s easier for some than for others. For something that’s supposed to be hardwired in our DNA, why can falling asleep and staying asleep be such a challenge? Numerous factors come into play when it comes to sleep issues, which is why there are numerous treatments, supplements, and lifestyle changes designed to promote rest. Although many options have proven to be successful, at least temporarily, there’s a new sleep aid on the rise that’s quickly making a name for itself. Whether in the form of oils, softgels, mints, or creams, CBD is showing to have some incredible slumber benefits.

What Is CBD

To start, Cannabinoids (CBD) are the compounds that contain the health properties associated with Cannabis sativa and are heavily concentrated in the hemp variety. Although the research on CBD is fairly new, using cannabis to treat physical and mental ailments has been around for thousands of years. Cannabis sativa (the hemp variety in particular) has been a medicinal staple for generations and was likely used as herbal medicine starting in Asia around 500 BC. The medical field has taken more interest lately in how the compounds found in hemp interact with the body to encourage healing and wellness.

CBD has been directly linked to supporting our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex internal system that plays a role in regulating all types of processes and functions, including:

  • sleep
  • mood
  • appetite
  • memory
  • reproduction and fertility

Endocannabinoids, which are also referred to as endogenous cannabinoids, are molecules similar to CBD that are made by your body. When CBD from plants is consumed, it strengthens the body’s already-existing molecules to keep them from being broken down as quickly. Essentially, taking hemp CBD for your endocannabinoid system is like taking a vitamin C supplement to support your immune system.

Why Sleep is Vital

The best way to understand CBD’s connection to sleep is to understand why we need sleep. While we sleep, our bodies and brains go through crucial processing, rebuilding, and strengthening. Memories are solidified and consolidated, placing experiences and thoughts into short-term and long-term buckets for future use. When we sleep, muscles grow and repair while hormones develop and synthesize. At the end of the day when the mind clears, we slowly drift into a state of unconsciousness, during which time our body is working overtime to accomplish everything it needs to in its short 6 to 8-hour time frame.

Sleep Deprivation and the Heart

In a research study conducted by the University of Warwick in 2011, sleep irregularities, whether it was too much sleep or too little, had massive effects on people’s cardiovascular systems. Short periods of sleep had a direct link to developing or dying from coronary heart disease and increased the risk of suffering a stroke.

Sleep Deprivation and the Brain

Sleep deprivation negatively impacts everything from healthy cognitive function to decision-making. And the memories we cherish so dearly have a harder time storing in the brain if we don’t give our bodies enough time to process them.

Sleep Deprivation and Immune Function

Without adequate sleep, your body creates fewer cytokines, a type of protein designed to target inflammation and infection. Healthy amounts of cytokines are key to having a quick immune response when bacteria and viruses are present. Cytokines are produced and released while you sleep, meaning if you don’t get enough rest, your body might struggle to fight off sickness and infection.

When we sleep for long periods, say 6-8 hours, we’re able to counteract other negative factors such as:

  • Puffy eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Hunger
  • Disorientation
  • Lack of focus

Nearly 70 million Americans have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, so it’s no wonder why countless amounts of people reach for sleep aids, such as CBD, to assist with the process. There are many treatment options for those who don’t get enough sleep due to an overactive mind, restless muscles, stress, or overall poor health. Some of these treatments are simple and natural, but many are time-consuming, costly, and are not recommended for long-term treatment.

Sleeping Pills for Sleep

If you talk to a friend about the lack of sleep you’ve been getting, more often than not they will recommend their sleeping pill of choice. Medication has become so common in America, most don’t even stop and think about what the potential side-effects are. Although sleeping pills do a good job of knocking you out quickly, many negative impacts should make you think twice about taking them.

First off, sleeping pills are only prescribed for short-term use for temporary bouts of insomnia related to temporary physical conditions, stress, or traveling. They are not meant to be used long term, making them less ideal for those who struggle with sleep on a daily basis. They are designed for one thing: to help you fall asleep. Although they do that quite well, they don’t treat the cause of your restlessness, leading you to take them more than is recommended if chronic restlessness or insomnia is what you struggle with. Secondly, sleeping pills are prescription medications that contain loads of potential side-effects. Not only are they highly addictive, but they can also impact your health in other ways such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Comas
  • Daytime drowsiness

With the potentially dangerous health impacts from sleeping pills, along with the inability to take them long term, it’s no surprise that people of all ages are seeking other alternatives for a better rest.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Sleep

The goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, better known as CBT, is to target and essentially fix the factors that may contribute to long-term insomnia, such as sleep-related anxiety, irregular sleep drive, and sleep-interfering behaviors. This is accomplished through numerous rounds of therapy designed to treat the root cause of the issue by changing sleep-related behaviors and thoughts. CBT has great results essentially, but there are many reasons why CBT is not an option for everyone:

  1. CBT is designed for those who have suffered or are predicted to suffer long bouts of insomnia, meaning it’s not recommended for those who have restless nights now and then, which is most of the population.
  2. Treatments are very time-consuming. An average treatment lasts close to an hour, and on average, eight weekly sessions are needed for best results. That’s roughly eight hours of treatments stretched over two months.
  3. CBT is expensive. Group classes online start around $150 a session where personalized treatments can run over $2,400 in total. Plus, there is no guarantee the therapy will work.
  4. Results are not instant. Most participants don’t see results until close to a month after treatment, which is not ideal for those who are looking for immediate relief.

CBD for Sleep

If you feel like you’ve exhausted every other sleep treatment, the time, money, and frustration you’ve experienced may prompt you to throw in the towel and accept defeat. Although that might seem like a logical response, hold on just a moment. Take a minute to learn how using CBD promotes healthy sleep patterns by targeting the root cause of insomnia and restlessness. It just might be the perfect solution for you.

Why CBD for Sleep Works

In a typical scenario, stress hormones, better known as cortisol, peak in the morning. This provides humans with the necessary jolt to get out of bed and get the day started. The healthy cycle of cortisol, among other hormones, is shown to be supported by the cannabinoids that our endocannabinoid system (ECS) produces.

People with insomnia often have sleep issues because of abnormal cortisol cycles and often experience high cortisol levels at night. For some, they may be able to fall asleep just fine, but a peak of cortisol a few hours after falling asleep can wake them up from their restful 

slumber, or it prevents them from going into that deep REM cycle that’s required for ultimate rejuvenation.

In one study examining how plant CBD affects the ECS system, researchers found that cortisol levels of those suffering from insomnia decreased significantly when participants took CBD oil before bed. These results suggest that CBD may have a positive effect on the releasing of cortisol, acting as a sedative to encourage normal sleep cycles. Because CBD appears to interact with a network of proteins, receptors, and other chemicals in the brain, CBD may play a key role in normalizing our sleep-wake cycles to give us a more balanced and predictable sleep schedule.

CBD Dosages for Sleep

Because everyone processes supplements, vitamins, even proteins differently, CBD dosages will vary depending on the individual and may change according to the cause of sleep deprivation. If you suffer from insomnia, you may have better results with a higher dose of CBD, around 60 mg per day, while taking 10-15 mg/day may be sufficient if your sleep deprivation is associated with stress or anxiety. More studies are still needed to determine other factors associated with recommended dosages, such as age, weight, and gender, to get more concrete data, so for now, users can play with potency and different CBD types to figure out what works best for them. That’s why Zelm Labs offers a variety of products in different potencies to help you select the best product for your needs

Best CBD Products for Sleep

If falling asleep is your biggest challenge, reach for a quick-release product such as oil, gum, or mints. CBD gets absorbed into the system rapidly through mouth tissue, so it starts working in as little as 10 minutes. For many, waking up numerous times throughout the night is what they struggle with the most. If you find yourself in that category, try a slow-release product such as a gummy or a softgel. When a slow-release product is consumed, CBD starts kicking in about two hours later and continues to release a slow, even dose for up to six hours.

Being a new CBD user or trying a new product means you’ll probably have to go through the process of figuring out the ideal dose for you. This will take some time, so be patient. Although effects are minor, you may experience mental sedation, nausea, and fatigue for the first while until you find your sweet spot. Consuming high doses of CBD regularly may cause more serious adverse reactions such as decreased fertilization capacity and inhibition of drug metabolism in the liver, so make sure the dosage you’re taking doesn’t succeed your needs. Starting small or discussing CBD with a health practitioner is highly recommended, especially for those who are taking prescription medications or supplements.

Combining CBD with other healthy habits such as meditation, reducing the use of electronics before bed, acupuncture, and other relaxation techniques may be exactly what you need to put your body in prime condition to enjoy some serious z’s.

What is Cannabis CBD

CBD has taken the health industry by storm as numerous retail companies have begun infusing just about any product imaginable with this natural compound. CBD hit its Google search peak in mid-2019, doubling its popularity in only nine months as CBD users continue to tout its benefits. With the surge of new CBD products available, consumers find themselves asking what exactly is CBD and how can it benefit me?

The Cannabis plant is loaded with over 80 active chemical compounds, with cannabinoids and tetrahydrocannabinol being the most well-known. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that is most highly debated, is responsible for the psychotropic effects associated with marijuana, a plant variety of cannabis. Cannabinoids (CBD) are the compounds that contain the health properties associated with cannabis and are heavily concentrated in the hemp variety. Although most plants in the world contain some percentage of CBD, hemp has continued to be the primary source for extraction especially after the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, which made it legal to extract CBD from hemp in the US.

Hemp vs. Cannabis vs. Marijuana

There are a lot of different plant terms used concerning CBD, and it can be extremely difficult trying to keep them all straight. Although the words ‘hemp,’ ‘cannabis,’ and ‘marijuana’ are often used interchangeably in CBD literature, they are slightly different from one another. Once you learn the breakdown of the Cannabaceae family, it makes it easier to understand the different plant varieties and their purposes, so let’s shine some light on the situation and do a quick rundown of the taxonomy of cannabis.

According to an article posted by CBD Web, the taxonomy of cannabis is as follows:

  • Kingdom Plantae (Plants)
  • Subkingdom Tracheobionta (Vascular plants)
  • Superdivision Spermatophyta (Seed plants)
  • Division Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
  • Class Magnoliopsida (Dicotyledons)
  • Subclass Hamamelididae
  • Order Urticales
  • Family Cannabaceae (Hemp family)
  • Genus Cannabis L.
  • Species Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis hybrid

Simply put, hemp and marijuana are different varieties of either Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis hybrid, and vary in THC concentration. Hemp does not contain more than 0.3% THC while marijuana can contain up to 40% THC. Because consumers cannot get high off 0.3% THC, growing hemp is legal in all states thanks to the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill.

Cannabis Species

There are three different species of cannabis, all of which vary in THC and CBD percentages, and are often grown in different parts of the world. They also tend to have different flavor profiles and vary in size, color, and texture.

Cannabis sativa is found primarily in dry, hot climates such as Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. This species requires a massive amount of sunlight. Because Cannabis sativa is known for its energizing traits, it is usually consumed in the morning or afternoon. There is often a higher percentage of THC than CBD in this species.

Native to India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey, the Cannabis indica plant has adapted to in harsh, dry, and turbulent climate. Cannabis indica typically contains more CBD than THC and is known for its relaxing effects. This strain is ideal for treating nausea and sleeplessness.

Lastly, Cannabis hybrid is just as it sounds: it’s a cross-breeding of indica and sativa. These species can be cross bred to fit a particular CBD or THC ratio, or for customized benefits. They are typically classified as sativa-dominant (sativa-dom), indica-dominant (indica-dom), or balanced.

History of Cannabis and CBD

Using cannabis and CBD is nothing new, in fact, evidence of cannabis has been dated back thousands of years. From as far back as researchers can find, cannabis has been used in healing ceremonies, religious ceremonies, and recreational activities ever since its discovery. Cannabis, also known as hemp or marijuana depending on the THC content, has been a medicinal staple for generations and was likely used as herbal medicine starting in Asia around 500 BC.

Cannabis in America has been dated back to early colonists who grew hemp mainly for rope and textiles, as did tribes in Africa and also in European colonies. Before politics and racial factors led to the criminalization of marijuana in the 20th century, certain colonies were actually required to grow cannabis because of its many uses. These cannabis crops, which became mainstream in the 1600s in areas such as Virginia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, were most likely hemp crops since they reportedly contained low levels of THC and also high levels of CBD.

In the 1830s, Irish doctor Sir Willian Brooke O’Shaughnessy discovered a correlation between cannabis extracts and relief from stomach pain, and by the end of the 1800s, cannabis extracts were sold in clinics and pharmacies throughout the US and Europe to provide aid to those with stomach pain, nausea, and other ailments.

Cannabis Growth for CBD Production

Understanding how cannabis is grown and produced is key to understanding how THC and CBD are created, extracted, and used. For those of you who are fascinated with the botany of cannabis, we’re breaking down the different stages of growth, all of which play a key part in CBD production.

Cannabis Seeds

Depending on the reason as to why cannabis is being grown, picking the seed is the most important part of the process. There are dozens of commonly known strains of cannabis, each having a slightly different chemical makeup. Certain strains of cannabis contain only trace levels of THC, resulting in a high concentration of CBD, which is ideal for CBD extraction. Some of the top strains of hemp grown for CBD production include ACDC, Remedy, and Sour Tsunami.

Germination and Seedlings

Germination occurs after a short period of dormancy when a spore or seed once it is introduced to moisture and a plant’s life begins. Once seeds are planted in soil with proper light, good airflow, and ideal water conditions, seeds begin to sprout and grow within 5-10 days. Germination is followed by the seedling stage which lasts two to three weeks. Leaf growth begins with two embryonic leaves, then the vibrant green plant quickly grows another six leaves.

Vegetative and Flowering Stages

With thoughtful watering and nutrient-dense soil, the plant develops rapidly in the vegetative stage, which can last from 3 to 16 weeks. The flowering stage follows and is the most vital stage of growth. During this 11-week time frame, male plants are weeded out before they can fertilize the females. If the females are fertilized, the plant is practically useless, so making sure all the males are removed is incredibly important.

The levels of THC found in cannabis are determined by the growth pattern of the plant in this stage. Cannabis in its beginning stages of growth has only trace amounts of THC, while plants that are grown to full maturity result in high levels of THC. The key to growing CBD-rich hemp is to harvest the plant before the amount of THC surpasses 0.3%. If a plant exceeds that amount of THC, the entire crop becomes unusable for CBD production.

Cannabis CBD & Terpenes

Terpenes are compounds found in plants that are responsible for giving them their unique aromas. They are also responsible for a plant’s therapeutic benefits. Much like CBD and THC, terpenes bind to endocannabinoid receptors found in the body and the brain and add immense therapeutic benefits when used in conjuncture with other cannabinoids. This is known as an entourage effect and is the reason most seasoned CBD users prefer Full Spectrum or Full Extract CBD over THC-free types like Broad Spectrum and Isolate. When CBD is stripped of THC, all the beneficial terpenes are also removed, so although Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD are still good, there just isn’t the same level of healing once the terpenes are gone.

The cool thing about creating CBD formulations is chemists can add terpenes from hemp and other plants to create a unique product. Depending on what terpenes are added, CBD products can be tailored to treat specific ailments more effectively. While one terpene may encourage muscle relaxation, which is ideal for pain creams, others may promote increased energy or improved focus. Terpenes can even change the flavor profiles in CBD oils and edibles, and when done correctly, can eliminate the need for added flavoring. Understanding exactly how terpenes work has been a slow process; however, there is no denying they provide immense benefits when added to CBD.

Potential Benefits of Cannabis CBD

The process of growing and harvesting hemp plants for CBD is challenging and time-consuming, but the benefits of CBD touted by millions of users and the holistic community are worth the effort. Because CBD is a fairly new discovery in the medical health arena, there has not been a lot of scientific studies to prove its healing abilities. Despite that lack of proof, people continue to use CBD because of its rumored ability to relieve the following ailments:

In 2018, a medication containing high levels of CBD was approved by the FDA to treat certain types of epilepsy. Receiving FDA approval for Epidiolex led many to believe this would finally open the door for more research into the benefits and uses of CBD, yet delays in the process have brought studies and clinical trials to a halt as the FDA goes back and forth, trying to determine whether or not CBD should be fully legalized in the US. Even with the delays, CBD continues to line the shelves of health food stores across the country. The amount of CBD products in circulation is expanding daily and the public is pushing for more search into the compound.

Many holistic physicians and chiropractors are recommending CBD as a natural alternative to prescription drugs since the research that has been done on CBD has shown to have fewer side effects than its competition. Minor side effects including nausea, fatigue, and irritability, are often preferred over potentially major side effects associated with certain medications, especially among the senior citizen community. Shamans across the country are receiving flocks of retirees suffering from symptoms such as Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and general stiffness and pain with the desire to relieve these ailments using holistic methods. And because many experience tremendous results using CBD, repeat customers are on the rise.

Cannabis CBD Regulations

The FDA does not currently regulate the purity and safety of dietary supplements, which most CBD products are marketed as, which has caused an issue regarding the potency and integrity of CBD so finding manufacturers that have Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certificates is the next best thing. GMP is a system that ensures products are produced consistently in a clean facility that is controlled according to strict quality standards. Very few CBD manufacturers receive GMP certificates due to the complexity and rigid conformity to the process, but it is becoming more and more important to purchase CBD products that are made in these facilities. Why? Because there is no other way to be sure the product you purchased was made in a clean, reliable facility. If the manufacturer isn’t certified and if there is no Certificate of Analysis (COA) issued for that product by a third-party lab (which is required for manufacturers that have GMP certificates), there’s no way of knowing if the CBD type or potency is accurate, nor what harmful contaminants may be in that product such as heavy metals and pesticides.

Conclusion

Although there is more research that is needed before deeming CBD as ‘safe,’ doctors across the world continue to recommend CBD to patients who are requesting a natural alternative to support their health and wellness. The CBD industry is growing, and with that, more people are taking the opportunity to give CBD a try for themselves.

Just like any other drug or health supplement, CBD should be scrutinized before purchasing. Researching retail companies, reviewing labels, and requesting to view COAs are the best ways consumers can protect themselves from purchasing CBD products that lack credibility, potency, and purity.