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Reviewing the Label: How to Find Quality CBD Products

Jordan Webber



Quality CBD Products

New to the CBD craze? Over the last few years, CBD, or cannabidiol, has quickly become a popular supplement all over the globe. From edibles, oils, isolate, capsules, topicals, too many more, there comes an extensive variety of CBD products available in the marketplace.

If you’re thinking of giving any of these items a try, it is only important to know how to identify a quality product from inferior ones. Since CBD products are still not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many manufacturers may take it as their gain to produce items that are relatively low in quality. FDA constantly informs the public about the companies that market products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds in ways that might violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and that may put the health and safety of consumers at risk.

To help you avoid purchasing such type of products, here are a few things you need to know and remember when reviewing each product’s label.

Things to Check on CBD product Labels

Read on.

  • CBD vs THC

Although cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are compounds both found in the cannabis plant, there lies a fine line that separates and distinguishes the two.

Generally, both CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure, with both having 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. However, since there is a slight difference as to how the atoms are arranged in CBD compared to THC, this allows the two compounds to interact with your body differently.

To briefly explain, the THC acts as the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis. This means consuming it will elicit a “high” sensation to users. CBD, on the other hand, fails to generate that same “high” feeling and, instead, acts as a therapeutic agent that works to get your body into a state of homeostasis.

  • Hemp vs Marijuana

Despite being interchanged most of the time, hemp and marijuana are different from each other. The separation comes mostly from the fact that hemp plants have less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana plants have higher levels of THC.

Although CBD can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana, knowing the difference between the two is vital. This is because marijuana-derived CBD products may cause some psychoactive effects (although not enough to make you high), given that some THC may have been mixed up with the extract.

  • Cannabinoids vs Terpenes vs Flavonoids

To simply explain, cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are the main compounds found in cannabis.

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant, which interact with our endocannabinoid system. Generally, there are 66 compounds found in cannabis that are considered cannabinoids, which include THC and CBD.

Meanwhile, terpenes refer to the organic compounds produced by a variety of plants, including cannabis. They often have a strong odor, which helps protect the plant from herbivores and help further enhance cannabis’ therapeutic benefits.

Lastly, flavonoids refer to hydroxylated polyphenolic compounds that are responsible for the non-green pigmentation in plants and help shield it from diseases, pests, and fungi.

  • CBD isolate vs Full-spectrum vs Broad-spectrum

Basically, when you’ve come upon a product that reads CBD isolate on its label, this indicates that the item contains the purest form of CBD, meaning all other compounds found in the plant, such as terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids, have been removed, except only for CBD.

Meanwhile, full-spectrum CBD refers to a type of extract that is the exact opposite of CBD isolate. This means the extract possesses all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant. This includes terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids.

Broad-spectrum CBD, on the other hand, is a blend of Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate.

With the obvious rise of different CBD items storming the marketplace, immersing yourself on the different cannabis-related terms will help you arrive at the right product to purchase.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the terms mentioned above to avoid buying inferior CBD products.

Cannabis 101

Weed Detox Practices to Flush Your System of THC

Stacey Wellington



Raleigh County Welcomes Medical Cannabis, Votes Unanimously

While cannabis is decriminalized and legal in many states, it is sometimes necessary to go through a weed detox to pass a drug test successfully. Often – especially in states where cannabis is not yet legal – employers will require prospective employees to take a drug test before their complete onboarding process. 

A familiar scenario to many, passing a drug test is required to fulfill a new job you have been working hard for. However, if you are a consumer of cannabis – new or experienced – you may not understand how THC can ultimately affect the results of your drug test. 

A drug test will reveal the psychoactive compound in your body’s system if you recently lit up a potent joint high in THC levels. Furthermore, THC toxins can be detected in blood, urine, saliva, or even hair. Yet, most employers are not likely to sample your hair in drug screenings. 

Accordingly, sometimes an in-depth THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) detox is necessary to thoroughly expel weed toxins from the body’s system. Continue reading to learn the best detoxification methods to successfully pass a drug test and factors that may affect the detoxification process.

Why Detox from Cannabis?

In short, there are various reasons to detox from cannabis, whether it’s to set back your tolerance levels, increase your energy, or prepare for a drug test at work. A detoxification process has to do with the utmost removal of toxic substances from the body’s bloodstream. It is considered more healthy to allow THC toxins from cannabis to leave your system unassisted. However, sometimes it is imperative to go through a detoxification process.

According to in-depth research, employers administer up to 55 million drug tests every year. These tests analyze biological substances, including:

  • Blood
  • Sweat
  • Urine
  • Hair
  • Breath
  • Saliva
  • Fingernails

When you consume cannabis, THC levels rise temporarily in your system. As a result, THC toxins can easily be detected in your body if you go for a blood test, even after 24 hours of usage. Although THC levels may drop drastically after several days, there are other methods of determining whether or not you recently consumed cannabis.

Drug Test

Almost every employer asks their potential employees to undergo drug tests. A drug test readily identifies traces of THC or cannabinoids in a person’s system. And the most common type of drug test for cannabis is a urine test. 

Most doctors use urine tests because it is straightforward to perform. But, more importantly, it can help identify the presence of metabolites and THC toxins up to three months after use.

Low Energy Levels

Low energy is a common feature exhibited by smokers. This is because THC metabolites can alter brain feeding control, reducing appetite and low energy. However, detoxing can flush out these metabolites from the body.

Tolerance Break

A tolerance break – or t-break – is a short-term break from cannabis to clear one’s body of THC. Does it work? Well, studies show that regular consumers of cannabis build up a tolerance to the narcotic. 

According to a study by Dr. Miles Herkenham of the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) on the cannabinoid receptor system and its tolerance to cannabis, the overall effect is dose- and time-dependent, as well as reversible.

How to Detox From THC

There are several detoxification methods you can do to rid your body of unwanted THC toxins. Nevertheless, the most popular of them are the following:

Natural Detox 

Most people who wish to undergo a weed detox can complete a natural cleanse within 30 days. However, to do this successfully, you may have to change your lifestyle and eating habits. This helps ensure your entire body eliminates the fat-soluble THC stored in your system. 

People detox from THC at different paces. Most people can efficiently complete natural detoxification from THC within a few weeks. This is because cannabis is generally stored within the fat cells in the human body. 

Thus, the rate at which an individual body will detox THC will be different from one another according to their respective and personal body features like height, weight, and gender. That said, if you are a heavy THC user, it may take up to 90 days before you test clean of THC after your last puff.

At-Home Approach

When some people go for a cannabis detox, they believe the rumored information about quick fixes for THC detox.

To point out, here are some of the so-called super-fast weed detoxes include:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Vinegar
  • Detox teas
  • Bleach (you shouldn’t ingest bleach for any reason)
  • Niacin detox

These ‘quick’ methods are usually based on myth and should never be trusted. Therefore, do not default to unreliable and questionable detoxification methods. Bear in mind a THC detox is a lengthy process. And, no one vitamin, tea, chemical, or juice can magically flush your system of cannabis overnight or within a short period.

Detox Kits

Top-notch detox kits eliminate THC from your urine sample without stripping your body’s system of any other nutrients. Similarly, high-quality detox drinks stimulate your body’s natural detoxification processes. 

However, it is crucial to make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source, which is why we provided links to our favorite detox resources. Most trustworthy detox kits and detox drinks are known to create windows, allowing you to easily test clean within a certain period. That said, some cheap detox products can, without question, strip urine of the same indicators that testers are on the lookout to ensure the authenticity of the sample provided.

Detox kits permanently flush your entire system of traceable THC levels. In most cases, ranging between 5 and 10 days, detox kits leverage herbal supplements that help your body’s natural detoxification processes. But, if you are not so sure of the type of test you may be subjected to, you may want to consider a full-body detox. The latter usually comes with a detox shampoo.

Factors That Affect the Detoxification Process

Unfortunately, some factors may affect both the natural and assisted weed detox process. Here they are in no particular order:

Frequency & Potency

How frequently you consume cannabis, as well as its potency, can have significant impacts. For a regular user, it will take a longer time to flush the cannabinoid from your system.

In comparison, studies show chronic consumers will still have THC in their systems for up to 10 days. This means that any drug test you undergo within this period will not favor you.

Alcohol & Caffeine Consumption

Alcohol and caffeine consumption can affect THC detox. According to research, 8 ounces of alcohol daily forces your body to burn up stored fats, so there will be enough energy to burn the calories in the alcoholic beverage.

This results in the release of trapped THC into your body. If you don’t take alcohol or caffeine above 8 ounces every day, your system will fail to adjust. And your body will start storing the calories in the alcoholic beverage as fat. This makes the entire cannabis detox harder as more fat layers are stacked on the existing ones in your body.

Body Fat

Every individual has a distinct metabolism that processes cannabis at a different rate. In addition, individual lifestyle choices such as eating habits, level of exercise, etc., can also affect the time required to pass a drug test.

People with a higher level of fat content in their bodies store cannabinoids much more readily than their slimmer counterparts. When you perform exercises, your fat cells break down, thereby releasing THC. This makes it even more challenging to carry out complete cannabis detox.


Not keeping yourself hydrated – with 2 to 3 liters of water per day – can severely hamper the THC detox process. This is because dehydration helps concentrate your urine, which can affect any drug test results you undergo.

Therefore, always ensure you are hydrated by taking at least 2 liters of water per day. If you can drink green tea during the detoxification process, it will do remarkably well for your overall health. Avoid caffeinated, sugary beverages like soda, etc., as they can also hinder THC detox.

Physical Activity 

Hitting the gym has been proven to speed up the weed detox. The more body fat you have, the more tissue will be available to store cannabinoids, resulting in an extensive window of detection. Additionally, sweating encourages your body’s natural detoxification systems and helps you flush out toxins.

Method Used

By now, you already know that different methods of detox from cannabis at-home exist. However, the efficacy of these other methods can significantly affect the detoxification process.

In other words, the methods used for detox from cannabis at-home have a different effect. They do not produce the same results within the same stipulated period. For instance, it may take longer to naturally detox compared to if you use detox kits.

Final Thoughts

Cannabis can stay in an individual’s body for a pretty long time, depending on the individual’s body type, the potency of the cannabis they use, and how much they consume. 

If you are a heavy cannabis user, expect to wait a long time before your entire system is clear of every last trace of cannabis. You may also experience or undergo a much more challenging weed detox process. This will occur due to withdrawal.

It is impossible to accurately predict how long cannabis will stay in a person’s system. Timelines are an average and vary individual to individual. Your body will eventually cleanse of THC after you stop consuming and if you don’t have the time to wait for your natural detoxification system, trusted detox products will cleanse your system of weed in a shorter period of time.

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A Quick and Simple Way to Clean your Glass Bong

Jordan Webber



If you’ve ever taken a toke from your glass bong and thought to yourself, “hmmm, maybe the glass should be a little clearer…” then there is a good possibility that it’s time to give your piece and good ole’ fashioned deep cleaning! After all, many good glass bongs are a decent financial investment, so you’ll want to preserve the look and function for as long as possible. Not only is an overused bong not great to look at, but it can also be less than healthy to use if it’s super dirty. 

Let’s now discuss when you know your bong needs cleaning.

When is it Time to Clean your Glass Bong?

One of the most convenient features of a glass bong is that it is pretty easy to visually see when it is due for a cleaning. A dirty bong can have a foul smell tarnishing your CBD/hemp flower or cannabis flower’s flavor. Check for a ring of “gunk” near where the waterline is, and if that build-up is significant, it’s time to clean your bong. Mold and bacteria can mix with remnants of weed or resin and create a pretty nasty looking and tasting bong. Many budtenders and glass bong enthusiasts say that a good rule of thumb on when to clean your bong is at least once a week. This obviously depends on how frequently you use your bong. If you can clean your glass bong after every 4-5 uses, this is another solid rule of thumb to follow. Keep your bong and your lungs in pristine condition by keeping them free and clear of any excess build-up.

What is the Best Way to Clean your Glass Bong?

Many experts stick with the most logical and straightforward way to clean a bong; rubbing alcohol and salt. Since most homes worldwide have these two items, it’s also one of the most convenient ways. Glass bong experts from Australia have even mentioned that they use these common ingredients to clean their pieces. You can also use specific solutions made by pipe cleaning companies, but many do contain harsh chemicals that can damage your glass bong and not the best for the environment.

Start by taking out any removable parts such as the mouthpiece and pipe and then pour the alcohol into the bong and add some coarse salt (2-3 tablespoons should be plenty) such as rock salt or kosher salt. The salt acts as an abrasive scrubbing agent for when you shake your glass bong. Do this for 3-5 minutes, and then pour out the liquid. You may want to add more salt at the midway point as much of the course salt could be dissolved within a minute or two.

In conclusion, we recommend taking a simple and environmentally friendly approach to cleaning your glass bong. There are many ways to go about cleaning your bong, but why not keep it simple and use common ingredients from around your home to do the trick. The method above is simple and easy yet very effective for keeping that glass bong looking and functioning just how it did the first time you used it.

Happy spring cleaning!

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Are CBD Franchises the Next Big Thing?

Learn why business operators are turning to a franchise model to bring CBD across the U.S. as it gains momentum and credibility in the plant-based wellness space.

Stacey Wellington



We live in a world that’s quickly accepting the idea of the hemp plant as homeopathic medicine. As such, we’re seeing an influx of people turning to CBD as a way to combat anxiety, depression, minor pain, sleep disorders, and many others. With so many people realizing a need for CBD and wanting to purchase it, there may be a place for your entrepreneurial spirit in the form of opening a CBD franchise. 

But before those dollar signs spring into your eyes and you start spending imaginary profits, let’s take a look at why a CBD franchise may be right for you, as well as the legality of opening one and other factors. 

CBD Franchise Landscape

If you’ve ever wanted to own a business but you’re not quite sure where to start, perhaps it’s time you considered owning a CBD franchise. This option is relatively inexpensive to start up, comes with an integrated support system, and features products that increase in popularity every day. It’s also a chance to share your vast knowledge of CBD with those who need it the most. Several brands are now advocating the idea of CBD franchises, most notably Elevated Wellness. 

Elevated Wellness offers a step-by-step guide on how to start a franchise and provides a specialized team to help determine if you’re the right person for the job. Other sites that offer franchise options are Your CBD Store, CBD Authority, and CBD American Shaman. All of these CBD franchisors are located throughout the country, allowing you to join a network of qualified individuals to help set you up for success. 

Legalities Behind a CBD Franchise

There is much misinformation on what CBD is and how it is derived from the cannabis plant. The 2018 Farm Bill helped classify products that contain less than 0.3% THC as legal for sale, but there are still other laws that vary with each state (i.e., some states dictate that CBD gummies must be shaped in squares to distinguish from other candy-type gummies). There are other laws that you may not even be aware of, causing you to break a law you don’t even know exists. Being a part of CBD franchise can help avoid that by offering guidance and legal advice and offering some form of liability protection. Some franchises help franchisees operate online sites and require a percentage of each product sold as payment. 

Even though CBD is legal on a federal level, you will still need to confirm that CBD is legal for resale in your state (i.e., Nebraska and Idaho only allow 0% THC CBD to be sold). You must also confirm the type of CBD that is allowed to be sold. More specifically, if any CBD is sourced from marijuana, you must ensure that your state allows the sale of such products. Your CBD franchisor will be able to help you understand if your state permits the sale and distribution of such products. 

Other CBD Franchise Considerations

We mentioned some of the reasons to open a CBD franchise in the opening paragraph. One of the biggest reasons to open a CBD franchise is the low start-up costs. Elevated Wellness offers a step-by-step guide into starting your own franchise, as well as initial pricing: the initial franchise fee is $25,000, and the minimum estimated cost is around $79,000 (which includes the franchise fee). 

Another reason to open a franchise is the integrated network of support. Instead of starting a business from scratch, you can build off an established customer base and reputable brand, with details on how to run your franchise the most effectively. You don’t have to figure out what brand your customers will want, and most importantly, you can offer your knowledge to help people understand what they really need. Your knowledge of CBD can encourage people to frequent your store and understand their health needs in a homeopathic way. No matter where you’re located, you have an opportunity to reach people with the healing power of CBD, and your location may be more easily accessible to those who travel further to get to a place that sells CBD. 

Lastly, CBD products continue to grow in popularity as more people discover their use in the mental health and wellness space. Those dealing with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, minor pain, and other health issues can find comfort and solace in their daily lives. Being part of a growing industry can offer security and entrepreneurship for those who want to make a difference and turn a profit. 

Final Thoughts

Opening a CBD franchise may open doors of opportunity you never thought possible. You have a chance to make a difference in the world and run your own business. The idea of opening and running a business is both exciting and daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone with a franchise. There are many ways to explore your entrepreneurial side; if you think owning a CBD franchise is for you, make sure to check out Elevated Wellness and their in-depth guidance on starting your own franchise today! 

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