NEW CONGRESSIONAL BILL
WOULD LEGALIZE CBD IN DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
A New Congressional Bill introduced in the House of Representatives on September 4th, 2020 by Congressmen Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Morgan Giffith of Virginia is aimed at allowing CBD and other Hemp-Derived Products to be sold as dietary supplements in America.
H.R.8179 – Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD
Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2020
This bipartisan piece of legislation is the most recent in an effort to satisfy the growing demand for CBD products under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as a dietary ingredient in a dietary supplement.
Further, it would mandate that Cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from Hemp and any other ingredient from the Hemp plant shall be lawful throughout the United States.
Manufacturers would need to adhere and comply with the new dietary ingredient requirements set forth by the FDA. In addition to the current federal law pertaining to dietary supplements.
By meeting the aforementioned provisional requirements, hemp-derived Cannabidiol would be lawful for use in dietary supplements starting 90 days after the legislation takes effect.
This new piece of legislation would hopefully clear a path for marketers and brands of hemp extracted CBD products to start marketing and selling on popular internet sites like ebay, google and amazon.
“Enabling CBD to be lawfully marketed as dietary supplements and mandating that manufacturers comply with the entire existing regulatory framework for dietary supplements, would create immense confidence in hemp and CBD products, and would provide great opportunity for hemp farmers across the nation.”
Representative Griffith said in an email statement that:
“Hemp was historically an important crop for Virginia farmers, and dietary supplements made from it do not possess dangerous addictive qualities. Nevertheless, the current state of regulation creates confusion about its legal uses. I joined this bipartisan bill to provide certainty for hemp farmers that their crop may find legal uses.”
This idleness has the Hemp industries growing impatient with the lack of a national regulatory framework, while the FDA continues to explore whether to issue CBD Regulations to the Market as a whole.
Vice President of Government Relations for CRN, Julia Gustafson said in a statement:
“Over one year has passed since FDA held its public meeting to better understand hemp-derived substances, and almost two years have passed since the Farm Bill was enacted, legalizing hemp-derived CBD.”
“During this time, the agency has taken no action to legalize this ingredient, facilitating an unregulated marketplace. The CRN urges Congress to pass this critical legislation and open the marketplace to CBD dietary supplements, providing FDA enforcement authority over the category to assure consumers have access to safe and beneficial products to support their health and wellness.”
A Physician from Massachusetts and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Pieter Cohen has expressed doubts that the CBD legislation would even protect consumers.
His research has been published in the mainstream media and peer-reviewed journals regarding the potential of hazardous substances in dietary supplements. In a statement he noted:
“Because the FDA is not aggressively ensuring compliance with the law for dietary supplements, practically anything can be introduced into the market, including CBD products as a supplement. We need a functioning regulatory framework in place, so that would require reform of DSHEA, combined with the FDA enforcing DSHEA or the reform to DSHEA. Without those two things in place, the market’s going to remain confusing and potentially hazardous for consumers.”
In our opinion, as far as the CBD Industry goes, any news is good news. We all knows the wheels of legislation roll at a snail’s pace, but at least it is getting talked about.
Hopefully, as time passes there will be a concrete set of guidelines put forth. Hopefully, this will help eliminate the imported and cheap CBD products that you see all over the place. As these Countries has even less regulations regarding Hemp cultivation and extraction methods.
Remember, in the end you only get what you pay for. If you see a product with some astronomical “milligram” or “unit” amount on the label for $19.99. Just stay away!
Read more on what to look for when choosing a Quality CBD Product on Our Buyer’s Guide Page.
COMPLETE GUIDE TO CBD FOR WOMEN
Many women are cautious about starting a CBD regimen because they are not sure exactly with CBD is and what if any benefits they can receive from taking it. Many of our female readers and customers have initial questions of…
- Can it help with pms or with menopause?
- What if I’m on other medications?
- What if I’m Pregnant or Nursing?
- How does it affect my body?
- I’m a busy Mom, will it make me high?
These are some of the questions we will answer in this complete guide to taking CBD for Women of all ages. Furthermore, What it is and what it is not. CBD side effects and benefits. And much more!
WHAT IS CBD?
In laywoman’s (lol) terms CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 naturally occurring chemicals called Phytocannabinoids that is found in the hemp plant. These are extracted from the plant during processing and are then added to tincture oils, edibles, skincare, and other items.
You’ve likely heard of THC. This is the phytocannabinoid that gives the user a “high” like that found in marijuana. Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp contains little to no THC, so it will never get you high or impair your mental state in a detrimental way.
HEMP VS. MARIJUANA
These both come from the Cannabis Sativa Plant family, but that is really where the similarities end. Hemp and Marijuana are more like distant cousins with CBD and THC levels. These are the differences:
- Hemp contains 0.3% or Less of THC – Marijuana contains 30-40% of THC
- Hemp contains 30-40% of CBD – Marijuana contains 1-4% of CBD
- Hemp derived CBD is nonpsychoactive (will never give you a high) – Marijuana is psychoactive (can give you a high)
- Most Reputable CBD Brands will filter out this small amount of THC to make their CBD Oil Products completely THC Free
For both men and women, CBD works within the Endocannabinoid System or ECS. This is a cell-signaling system that was only discovered in the the late 1980’s-Early 1990’s. And it is responsible for all of your homeostasis functions, including sleep, mood, and fertility.
This system is all throughout your body, including your brain, your skin, and most of your organs. The main receptor sites are called CB1 and CB2.
Today, the CBD and ECS interaction is still in need of more research, however most experts believe that CBD works well within this system. Many believe that CBD acts like a Lock and Key mechanism. The Key – It allows helpful compounds to enter these receptors to function efficiently and properly; The Lock – it blocks harmful compounds from entering these sites.
More importantly, most people are not aware that their own bodies produce their own Endocannabinoids. Two have been identified so far – Anandamide (AEA), 2-Arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG).
Can CBD Help me with Fertility?
According to Dr. Michelle Ross high levels of Anandamide occur at ovulation and are clinically associated with a successful pregnancy. Conversely, low levels of this endocannabinoid may interfere with the ability to get pregnant or ovulation.
Further, CBD can boost Anandamide levels and for embryo implantation this is a problem. This procedure requires low levels of Anadamide so taking CBD may result in a failed pregnancy.
Indirect Help with fertility. Most know that everything in life is related. If you have high levels of stress or anxiety, then this can also affect your fertility. These both have negative affects on the body in both men and women.
What if I’m Pregnant or Nursing?
We advise to always speak with your OB-GYN or Healthcare professional before taking any CBD product. As of today, there has not been enough research as to whether CBD can hurt the fetus or a newborn. Because of this we advise that you should not start a CBD regimen just to be safe.
Are There any Side Effects?
Most agree that CBD is generally regarded as safe. However, some minor side effects have been reported, such as dry mouth, a short drop in blood pressure or fatigue. The biggest side effect we have seen is that if the user takes too much they might want to take a nap. Since its coming from a plant and all natural, most users will not notice anything negative, but many have reported a calm, relaxed state of mind.
What if I’m on Medications?
Like those taken for cholesterol or high blood pressure. Preliminary research shows it might affect the metabolism of these drugs. Faster or slower release of the drug. So it is always best to speak with your Healthcare provider.
Top Ten Reasons Why Women Take CBD
- Anxiety Relief or Mental Health
- Pain Relief
- Better Sleep
- Stress Relief
- Sex Life
- Mental Clarity
- Preventative Supplement
- Organic and Natural alternative
Hopefully, this article has enlightened you to what CBD is and what it is not. Also, how it works within your body, and why Women are taking it. Remember, always discuss with your Healthcare Provider when starting with CBD Oil.
If you are going to start a CBD Regimen we suggest you read our CBD Buyer’s Guide so you can buy a Premium U.S. Brand because there is a lot of junk out there lol.
This is Part of Our Larger
Series on Mental Health and CBD
Nervous? Fear? Panic Attacks?
What is going to happen? Are Demon Thoughts running rampant in your brain? Tiny Devil and Tiny Angel sitting on your shoulders?
For many of us this is the battlefield we endure each day. Now add the issues with Covid-19 and many of us are mentally and physically exhausted!
So what do we do? In this article we will discuss all about Anxiety and Stress. In addition, we will discuss if CBD can help with any of this emotional turmoil. Furthermore, we will give some tips and techniques you can use to help you cope and hopefully emerge as a more informed individual. Knowing is half the battle!
This is part of our Larger Mental Health Series of CBD Articles.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is your body’s response to stress, and many times coincides with a change in your life. Essentially, it is a fear of what the future holds. The Unknown, to many people, is mentally crippling and with it Stress levels skyrocket.
So Whether it is…
- First Day of School
- Starting a New Job
- Coronavirus or a Pandemic
- Moving to a New Place or State
- Loss of a Loved One (Person or Pet)
These all can induce Stress and Anxiety for most people and are relatively normal for the most part. Everyone gets nervous when making change in life, as most of us are creatures of habit. Our habits can breed security.
Knowing where you work, a daily routine, enough money for the bills, etc. These make us feel relatively content, even though they can induce stress/anxiety from time to time. For the most part it is temporary.
For Example, what did we see when Covid-19 hit? People frantically scrambling for groceries and supplies. This is the result of anxiety which breeds stress. When people don’t feel in control they resort back to what they can control.
Almost subconsciously people were hoarding supplies because of this fear of the unknown. Even though the Virus had nothing to do with disruptions in the supply chains in the food industry.
At least (Groceries) in this regard, was something people could control. And with that small bit of control over something like food, that helps them manage their anxiety.
However, if the Anxiety lasts for six months or longer and disrupting your day to day functioning, than it is more of a “disorder”.
What are Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety Disorders affect roughly 40 Million Americans, and millions more worldwide. Always, remember you are not alone. With an Anxiety Disorder it can feel like it is part of you, with you all the time. The fear breeds more fear and more stress.
This can be very debilitating in one’s life and in some cases it can emotionally kill the person and ruin any quality of life they once had. A few examples are when a person will not cross a street or never leave the house.
Anxiety Disorders are the most common of any of the Emotional Disorders and women are more likely to be diagnosed than men according to the APA. However, that could be because Men don’t go to the Doctor lol.
Some of the More well-known Disorders are:
- Social Anxiety – Fear of social settings, i.e. gossiping, judging, staring
- Phobia – Fear of a specific activity, object, or place
- Separation Anxiety – Fear of being separated from home, family members, or pets
- Hypochondria – Fear about your health, always a new health issue to deal with
- PTSD – Fear following a traumatic event, i.e. car accident, military, domestic violence
- Panic Attacks – Fear of the next attack happening at any time or place
At one time or another, most of us have had small exposures or incidences where we have tasted the feelings of many of these disorders. However, the difference is most of us are freed from these prisons.
As oppose to the ones who suffer with this for long periods of time. For some the Disorder becomes their identity replacing who they use to be. Typically, if not treated or a come to Jesus moment, the disorders will only get worse.
WHAT IS STRESS?
We have to talk about Stress when we discuss Anxiety. The two go hand in hand.
So what is stress? Stress can be a physical, mental, and/or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. It can be external and internal and most of us have experienced it at one time or another in our lives.
Although, not all stress is bad. For example, the flight or fight response to rid yourself of a dangerous situation. Or the stress involved cramming for a test or job interview, these events cause us to step up our game so to speak.
What’s the Difference between Stress and Anxiety? Technically, Stress is the reaction to a situation happening right now, as opposed to Anxiety which is the reaction to a future situation that may or may not happen. However, one can cause the other and the physical symptoms are almost interchangeable.
Stress Can Produce…
- Increase in Breathing
- Increase in Heartbeat
- Liver release glucose for energy
- Loss of Appetite or in some cases Binge eating
- Spike in the Stress hormone Cortisol
- Spike in the Hormone/Neurotransmitter Adrenaline
- Fight or Flight Response
CAN CBD HELP?
The Good news is that many people who take CBD Oil have noticed a sense of calmness and well-being.
As a plant-extract, Cannabidiol or CBD is known as a Phytocannabinoid or a Plant Chemical. To date, the Hemp plant contains over 100 identified phytocannabinoids and the research is still largely at the infancy stage.
Many people are not aware that all mammals (You and Mr. Marbles) already produce some cannabinoids within their own body, these are called Endocannabinoids.
These function as a cell-signaling system or Neurotransmitters in a network of receptors scattered throughout the peripheral and central nervous systems.
This system we refer to as the Endocannabinoid System or ECS, which was only discovered in the 1990’s. Amazing to think that many of us thought that we knew everything there was to know about the human body, yet just a few decades ago researchers discovered this integrate and amazing system that regulates our homeostasis functions. The functions that keep us alive and surviving!
- MOOD & APPETITE
- IMMUNE FUNCTION & REPRODUCTION
- REGULATION OF TEMPERATURE
- MOTOR CONTROL AND SLEEP
- DIGESTION AND INFLAMMATION
- REPRODUCTION AND MEMORY
More Importantly, taking CBD, at the right dosage level, works with the ECS like a lock and key mechanism with these receptor sites. It will let good compounds in these cells and keep harmful ones out. I.E. blocking a pain signal.
Today, mainly because of poor diets and nutrition, or because of some underlying condition, many people’s ECS is like a boarded up house. Yes, it is still standing and in one piece, but the inside is dilapidated and in need of repair.
So for some CBD has awakened this Integral system and helped get them back to functioning properly. In essence, giving the chance at our own bodies to repair themselves, and help with the proper functioning of what the ECS does.
- One Day at a Time – Remember to stay in the present, stop looking back or forward, but try to enjoy today. No one is guaranteed tomorrow.
- Simple Things – Take delight in what God created, does Mr. Marbles up above not bring you a smile? Enjoy small pleasures you use to enjoy.
- Nature – Go for a walk and connect to Mother Earth, Cities/Houses that’s man made garbage. Immerse yourself with trees and birds. Bring your camera!
- Exercise – One of the best things you can do for yourself. Releases endorphins, sweat out toxins, promotes better sleep, and builds self confidence.
- Adopt a Pet – They need a home! Studies have shown simply petting a dog or cat reduces stress and anxiety. Helps with loneliness.
- Volunteer – Take the focus off yourself and help someone else (people or pet), Karma has a way of helping you when you help someone else.
- Positive Talk – Out loud, all through the day. Will be awkward at first, but keep at it. “I am blessed”, “I am confident”, “I am strong”, “I am attractive” or similar positive mantras when you hear them out loud, they can help destroy the negative thoughts and fear that tend to crop up.
- Eat Right – Too much sugar or caffeine is not good for anyone, try eating more organic plant-based options. If you are trying to lose weight, drink a full glass of water before eating each meal.
- Join a Group – There are thousands of Mental Health groups on social media, find one and share your story.
- Try CBD – Loaded with phytocannabinoids, vitamins and minerals, omegas and amino acids, CBD may help your system function properly.
Overall, remember you are not alone. Millions suffer with anxiety and stress on a daily basis. Learn and educate yourself about it, try some tips mentioned here or create your own. More Importantly, you can and will overcome this.
In addition, whether getting on a CBD regimen will help with your mood is still up for debate, but the initial research is showing promise. We always advise to talk with your Doctor or Mental Health counselor if you think you might want to give CBD Oil a try.
TO CBD AND DRINKING
With the buzz around the benefits of CBD the past few years, it goes to reason that many are curious to any potential side effects when drinking. Many Alcohol manufacturers have jumped on the CBD bandwagon, infusing all sorts of alcoholic beverages. So is it safe to drink CBD infused beer, liquor, or wine?
Are you currently taking CBD Oil and curious about what will happen if you go out for drinks? Can you have a glass of wine for dinner if you are currently taking cbd oil? What are the risks when taking CBD and Alcohol together?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring chemical found in the Hemp plant. It is one of around 113 identified Phytocannabinoids found in Hemp. Another popular phytocannabinoid is THC. The psychoactive chemical found in Marijuana that gives the user a “high” when smoked.
But unlike Marijuana, the Hemp plant contains 0.3% or less of THC, so it will never give the user a “high”. In fact, it might counteract the effects of marijuana.
For many the confusion lies between these two plants. Yes, they are both part of Cannabis Sativa family, but are more like cousins.Industrial Hemp is bred for 30-40% CBD levels and for it to be legal it has to contain 0.3% or less THC levels. Most Reputable brands will even filter this fractional amount out to make the CBD free of any THC.
Conversely, Marijuana is bred for 30-40% THC levels and relatively low amounts of CBD. Essentially, as far as CBD and THC is concerned, these two plants are complete opposites.
Again, Hemp CBD will never give you a buzz or a high
that marijuana will, no matter how much you take.
This is a relatively new research arena and the data is limited up to this point. However, most scholars agree that using CBD while drinking will amplify the effects of both.
Alcohol like CBD reacts differently to the individual user, it all depends on how much or little you are taking.
Further, too much CBD can make you sleepy, if you compound that with the sedative and depressant effects of Alcohol, which slow down the central nervous system and decreases cognitive function (your brain activity), then you might get into real trouble if you are behind the wheel or out at a party.
If you are on a daily CBD regimen and you have attained your correct daily dosage, then having a CBD Infused cocktail or other adult beverage then you should be fine.
In the case of CBD infused drinks, this CBD serving would count towards your daily dose and as long as you are aware of what you are drinking then you should be fine.
The problem lies when a new user doesn’t know their daily dosage and is just taking drinking and taking CBD without any guidance.
WHO ARE YOU WHEN YOU DRINK
Do you get sleepy or black out when drinking?
Do you have anger issues when drinking?
Are you a Binge Drinker?
Are you like Drunk Panda Boy?
CBD is neither a stimulant like caffeine, nor is it a depressant like alcohol. We like to refer to it as a regulator. It works with your homeostasis functions to work properly and at optimal levels.
However, many take CBD Oil because of the calming effects it can have, that is why many take it for stress or mood issues. So it is likely that if you are taking CBD it will intensify these emotions when combined with alcohol.
If you have a glass of wine or a CBD infused Craft Beer or two, the effects should not be as noticeable. However, if this is a concern and you are going to tie one on, we suggest not to take CBD for at least Eight hours prior.TAKEAWAYS:
- Know Thyself! Do not take CBD and then drink willy-nilly. Know what you are taking and how much of each
- Alcohol is a Depressant, CBD is a Regulator
- Combining CBD and Alcohol can amplify the effects of both
- Too much CBD can make you drowsy, when combined with Alcohol it could speed up this process
- If you are planning on drinking a lot, then it is best to wait 8 hours between your last dose of CBD and your Libation
- Like everything in life, combine in moderation
- Always discuss with your Doctor
Clinical of Cannabidiol for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Related Damages on the Liver and Brain.
PubMed.gov Clinical on Interaction of Cannabidiol and Alcohol in Humans.
In this Article we will Discuss:
- What CBD Oil is and what it is Not.
- Hemp-derived CBD vs. Marijuana.
- How CBD Works
- What Acne is
- What Natural Ingredients You can try to Help with Acne.
Let’s be honest we are a judgmental and shallow society for right or wrong. Your face is what the world sees first and people judge you based off your melon!
What is CBD Exactly?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of 113 or so beneficial chemicals found in the Hemp plant. We call these (plant) phytocannabinoids. These are extracted when the plant is processed for CBD products. The CBD chemical comprises approximately 30-40% of the Hemp plant.
Another well-known phytocannabinoid is THC, this produces “high” effect one can get from using Marijuana. More importantly, this is where the confusion lies between these two plants, and what makes many hesitate trying CBD Oil.
Hemp vs Marijuana
- Both come from the Cannabis Sativa plant family (like cousins)
- Legal Industrial Hemp is bred to have very low THC-levels, 0.3% or less
- Hemp is also bred to have 30-40% CBD levels
- Marijuana is bred to have the opposite levels of CBD and THC
- Typically Marijuana contains around 1% of CBD and 30-40% of THC
- One will never get a “high” from using Hemp CBD Oil products
- Hemp is also full of other beneficial vitamins and minerals
HOW CBD WORKS
CBD works with your Endocannabinoid System or ECS for short. Newly discovered in the 1990’s, this system is responsible for your homeostasis levels, which helps keep you alive! From bodily functions of appetite, pain, inflammation, sleep, and immunity. For this topic, how much oil our skin produces.
This cell-signaling system has two main receptors – CB1 and CB2. These lie all throughout your body. Now, how CBD works within this system is that it does not go into these cells, but allows helpful compounds to enter or keep harmful compounds out. A Lock and Key sort of mechanism.
OPTIONS FOR ACNE
Acne (facial/body) effects approximately 40-50 million U.S. citizens and millions more worldwide. It is a skin condition that is the most common, and can bring not just scarring of the skin, but emotional scarring for the person.
Zits, pimples, whiteheads or whatever you call ’em they are a pain! Caused by excess oil production, bacteria, and dirt, these can destroy one’s self esteem.
Whether it is the result of hormone changes for teens, changing birth control medications, or adult acne. The emotional pain can often supersede the physical, and diminish one’s quality of life. Hope is not lost though.
Some Natural Things to Try:
- Beeswax – Packed with anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties, also acts as a skin softener for smooth texture. Provides a barrier against environmental pollution i.e. smoke, air.
- Essential Oils – many possess anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the best for acne are Tea tree, Rosemary, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Lemon Oil – these all have shown to have anti-microbial properties as well. Always use with a carrier oil like extra virgin coconut oil or hempseed oil.
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – Can be used on its own or with essential oils, as it has a fatty acid called Lauric Acid, which is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Is great for external and internal use. Contains strong anti-bacterial qualities and has become a staple for most holistic users. Remember, to dillute this with water, four parts to one, and test on small area to check for an adverse reaction.
- CBD – Most of the research has been on stopping excess oil buildup. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as an antioxidant.
This is not an exhaustive list of options by any means, but just sort of a primer for the first-time user. In addition, these can all be utilized in combinations of some or all of these ingredients. Most CBD or plant-based products will have combinations of many of these in their products. Or you can create your own.
Note: The majority of users will have no adverse reactions to topical use of CBD. However, if you have redness, swelling, or itching of the applied area, stop use immediately.
We wanted to show you that there are other options than the synthetic, over the counter options, that are filled with chemicals and hopefully you will find an option that is organic and natural and works for you. We believe there is a solution found in or on Mother Earth to every condition one might face in life and acne is no different.