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Don’t Buy CBD Oil Without Terpenes, Here’s Why…

Carissa Stevens

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Don't Buy CBD Oil Without Terpenes

If you love CBD oil but haven’t ever heard of terpenes, you may be missing out. Hemp-derived terpenes found in some CBD extracts provide a more pleasant taste and aroma and may even confer some extra health benefits.

They are volatile compounds found in most plants. There are over 200 terpenes, but only a few of them are present in statistically significant concentrations. Researchers have been aware of these compounds for a while now and believe they could have therapeutic applications. Unfortunately, not all CBD products may contain them.

Those who haven’t taken the time to check their products’ terpene concentrations may be missing out. Read on to learn about the benefits and effects to make sure you’re getting the most out of your CBD.

What Are Terpenes?

Most plants contain terpenes. These aromatic compounds give different plant species their characteristic scents and often play an important role in evolutionary biology. The plants developed them to attract pollinators or ward off predators. You can use them for a completely different purpose.

Cannabis plants contain over 200 terpenes. That’s quite impressive, given that most plants have only a few dozen, at most. If you’ve ever smelled CBD-rich hemp flowers or marijuana, you may have noticed that every plant has a slightly different scent. Terpenes are what create that aroma.

Benefits of Terpenes

Terpenes don’t just benefit plants. Research shows that they may also confer beneficial terpenes effectson human consumers. These bioactive compounds can affect your body and bind to specific receptors in your brain to produce beneficial physiological responses.

To clarify what that means, it might be helpful to check out this list of hemp-derived terpenes commonly found in today’s CBD products and their effects:

  • Limonene acts as an antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.
  • Alpha-pinene is a bronchodilator that also has anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties.
  • Myrcene may help with managing pain and inflammation.
  • Linalool could help you manage your anxiety and get better sleep.
  • Caryophyllene may provide anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.
  • Humulene could act as an appetite suppressant.
  • Terpinolene has purported central nervous system benefits.
  • The dozens of other terpenes found in CBD also have diverse beneficial effects.

In addition to conferring unique physiological benefits, it contribute to the entourage effect. If you’ve heard of this phenomenon, it was probably in relation to marijuana.

However, the entourage effect also applies to CBD. Like marijuana plants, hemp plants’ cannabinoids and terpenes work best when taken in concert with one another.

Check the Lab Reports

The best way to learn about products’ terpene profiles is to check the lab report or Certificate of Analysis (CoA) provided by the company. Not all CBD products contain terpenes. CBD isolates contain only one cannabinoid, but even broad-spectrum or full-spectrum extracts may not have these natural plant compounds.

Many manufacturers lose it from their products during the extraction process due to heat. They then add in terpenes derived from other plants. That’s better than nothing, but it isn’t as good as buying products that contain natural, hemp-derived terpenes.

Here is an excellent example of a lab report that indicates healthy hemp-based terpene concentrations:

terpenes

As you will notice, it are measured in parts per million (PPM). It’s also clear from the lab report that the tests were performed at an independent facility. It’s always better to purchase CBD oils and other products that have undergone independent testing.

Best Ways to Take Advantage of Terpenes

If you’re wondering how to use it, you’re in luck. All you have to do is buy high-quality full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil. If the manufacturers don’t replace cannabis terpenes with compounds derived from other plants, you’ll get all of them at once.

Most consumers don’t choose CBD products based on terpene concentrations. That said, buying products that contains it is an excellent idea if you have the time to do your research. It can help you find the right CBD oil, edibles, and other goods to manage specific conditions.

Many of the terpenes found in hemp are also present in other plants. There’s no need to worry about overdoing it. It’s perfectly fine to use CBD oils that contain high concentrations of limonene even if you’re also consuming citrus fruit, to give just one example.

Are Terpenes Important in CBD Oil?

Terpenes found in CBD extracts are very important. Most people associate it exclusively with taste and aroma, but they do far more than confer strain-specific flavors. Many terpenes also have antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and even analgesic effects.

Find the Terpene-Rich CBD Products You Deserve Online

There’s no reason to settle for less than the best. When shopping online for CBD products, make sure to buy from a trustworthy source, such as Colorado Botanicals, whose lab report is shown above. Look for their lab reports and find the terpene profile test that was conducted on their extract. If it shows “NT” meaning not tested, then they didn’t test for it probably because their products don’t contain terpenes.

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How CBD Can Provide Relief for Psoriasis

Carissa Stevens

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How CBD Can Provide Relief for Psoriasis

The months-long lockdowns and quarantines issued by governments around the globe have left people around the world reeling from the effects not only of stress and living alone, but also with battling a global health crisis and dealing with a pandemic. For a lot of individuals living under extreme stress and in unprecedented times, dealing with psoriasis in a pandemic can be quite challenging.

The uncertainty of the current landscape and the volatile events happening in between are certainly not helping. As a matter of fact, these can even trigger psoriasis flare-ups and other skin conditions, leading individuals suffering from this to encounter even more pain, that is, beyond the mental and emotional feelings that the person in question is already dealing with.

This is where cannabidiol comes in. All the buzz surrounding this compound leaves many individuals wondering what CBD oil can do in alleviating the symptoms of psoriasis.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches that are often seen in the knees, torso, scalp, and elbows. Some of the most distinct symptoms also include silvery scales, cracked skin, itching or burning, bleeding, thickened and pitted nails, and swollen joints that are often stiff.

This condition is seen as an immune system issue. It is caused by the fast regeneration of skin, resulting in scaly and red patches. While the root of the problem is yet to be discovered, triggers that can result in flare-ups are very much known. Triggers include stress, infections, cold and dry weather, smoking, heavy alcohol intake, some medications, or withdrawal from corticosteroids.

It is a chronic disease that does not have a cure as of yet. Instead, it comes and goes in cycles, making the condition difficult to manage. This is not to say that the condition is unmanageable. In fact, what patients can do is to manage it in order to prevent it from negatively affecting their quality of life.

Discover How CBD Can Provide Relief for Psoriasis

How CBD Can Provide Relief for Psoriasis

CBD is one option patients should consider when looking for ways to manage this skin condition. As mentioned, the main effects of psoriasis include itchy, scaly, bleeding, and painful patches. Using CBD products can help relieve these symptoms, especially as this cannabinoid is known for its pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating substance.

Because it is easy to find in infused form, patients can choose to use topical products, so it can be applied topically. This gives users an option to directly rub it over the affected site, offering more immediate relief. Plus, research shows that it can regulate skin cell growth, in this case, stop the process.

Aside from addressing the condition as it appears, CBD can also be used to hamper the cycle of flare-ups. While most triggers require major lifestyle changes, CBD can tackle one of the least controllable triggers of all: stress.

When consumed, this substance interacts with the nervous system in such a way that it can uplift the mood of the consumer. It can also boost the user’s energy, enhance their creativity, improve the quality of their sleep, and elevate their cognition. With these effects, patients can lower down their stress levels with the help of various products such as CBD oil, edibles, tinctures, and many others.

The Bottom Line

Psoriasis may be a condition many patients have to deal with for many, many years but with the help of CBD hemp oil and other infused products, they can live knowing that their condition is managed efficiently. Combined with lifestyle changes, patients can make sure that this skin disease does not affect their quality of life.

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

Jordan Webber

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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My Favorite CBD Products [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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Favorite CBD Products

Luckily for many people today, CBD is starting to become more widely accepted and legalized. So, many can enjoy its host of benefits. It’s known to be effective in treating migraine, pain, restlessness, and anxiety. If you want to get started on your CBD journey, watch this review of recommended CBD products.

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