CBD 101

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound in hemp and cannabis plants that is making big waves among health and wellness-minded individuals. 

CBD interacts with our body on a molecular level. There is a system of microscopic cannabinoid receptors inside of every person and animal, this is known as The Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The Endocannabinoid System is one of the most recent biological discoveries to completely revolutionize our understanding of the human body. The system is a collection of microscopic cannabinoid receptors spread throughout our peripheral and central nervous systems which interacts with cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), as well as the endogenous cannabinoids that are produced by our own bodies. These receptors bind with cannabinoids once they enter the bloodstream and can elicit various effects — THC can famously get you “high,” for example, whereas CBD is non-intoxicating and has instead been popularized for its more subtle effects.

What does it do?

In the case of CBD, much has yet to be learned about its effects. Many people advocate for CBD product use as a key part of their daily routine to maintain a sense of equilibrium and to support healthy function of body and mind.

However, we must also note that the FDA has not reinforced these claims so far, and the federal prohibition of cannabis makes further cannabinoid research nearly impossible (even using hemp, which was re-legalized in 2018).

Are there any side-effects?

CBD has minimal direct side-effects, the most commonly reported of which include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Light-headedness

This compound, however, can pose a significant health risk when combined with certain prescription medications or other drugs, like alcohol. Always check with your doctor before experimenting with CBD, especially if you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Delivery methods

If you’re interested in trying CBD, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the cannabinoid’s various delivery methods. The most common CBD products are usually an extract or oil, sometimes in tincture form. Tinctures are the one of the most popular methods as they are taken sublingually and are absorbed faster, also by using a dropper, you can create a serving that is more accurately tailored to you. There are also CBD tablets and lozenges or, if oral consumption is out of the question, CBD topicals, salves, transdermal patches, and even suppositories are growing in popularity.

For a helpful list of CBD terms read more here. You can check also out Lazarus Naturals’ offerings for more info about the best and safest ways to consume CBD.

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No matter what your goals are in the new year, the team at Lazarus Naturals is ready to help you succeed! We remain committed in the new year (and beyond) to delivering high-quality CBD products and helping customers make informed decisions. 

The first step is to avoid being a “resolutioner” who gives up on their promise for more self-care. Shorter days and colder weather can make it difficult to find motivation in the winter months. We often put ourselves last when this happens. Luckily, our CBD products and resources make it easy to take care of yourself in the new year.

Arming yourself with knowledge is crucial to successfully accomplishing all of your resolutions. The blog posts below contain information that’s valuable for both experienced CBD enthusiasts and first-time users.

Do you have a question we haven’t covered? Send it to us in the comments section and we’ll do our best to answer it.

CBD 101

Best Way To Take CBD (A Complete Guide)

What Is CBD (A Definitive CBD Dictionary)

Full Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate (Which Is Better?)

First Time Buying CBD Oil? (5 Things You Need To Know)

How Much CBD Should You Take? (A Serving Size Guide To CBD)

 

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Black Friday is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours waiting in line. Whether you need to shop for a homebody or someone who’s always on the go, our products let you get ahead of your holiday shopping by ordering the best CBD gifts from the comfort of home.

Check out our Sample Pack and product recommendations for the best CBD gifts based on personality types.

The Career Mogul

Our Day & Night Pack offers energy to close the deal and relaxation to do it again the next day. The Energy Blend CBD Isolate Capsules are boosted with L-Theanine and B12 to help power through a long day at the office. When tense meetings pile on stress, our Lavender CBD Balm offers tranquility. After closing up shop for the night, our Relaxation Blend CBD Isolate Capsules are crafted with ingredients that help you do it all again the next day.

The Modern Mom

Our Family Pack means that wellness for the whole family has never been easier. This is a great gift for the person who keeps everything running like clockwork at home. Mix our CBD Coconut Oil into almost any recipe or work around fussy eaters with a serving of the Flavorless CBD Tincture. Even the family pet can enjoy all the benefits of CBD with our Calming CBD Pet Tincture. But these gifts aren’t only about providing for others. Our Cedar Citrus CBD Balm is perfect whenever self-care is needed.

The Social Butterfly

Those who are always on the go seek convenience and ease with their products. Whether it’s a beach day or date night, our THC-Free Sample Pack offers easily transportable tinctures that are suitable for any occasion. The pack contains four of our most popular tinctures (Tropical Breeze, Blood Orange, Wintermint and Flavorless) that are THC-free and flavored with organic extracts and terpenes.

The Athlete

Instead of using pungent sports creams, our Calm Balm Bundle is perfect for the gym rat in your life. Our Unscented Balm is great to put on pre-workout. For post-workout, our Soothing Mint Balm and Cedar Citrus Balm are excellent options. When it’s time to ditch the yoga pants for a night out, our Lavender Balm and Portland Rose Balm each offer relaxation and a pleasant, fragrant scent.

The Adventurer

You likely have a friend or loved one who’s read about CBD and is curious to try it. Introduce them to all the benefits of CBD with our Standard Potency Sample Pack. The pack contains three of our most popular products (CBD Lavender Balm, 225mg CBD Standard Potency Tincture and 25mg CBD Capsules) to help them decide which ones are most beneficial to them.

The CBD Enthusiast

Is there someone in your family who always brings up CBD at the dinner table? Frequent CBD users may want to try kicking up their serving size with our High Potency Sample Pack. Whether it’s our CBD Lavender Balm, 50mg CBD Capsules or 750mg CBD High Potency Tincture, they’re guaranteed to discover a new favorite product.

The Handyman

From cleaning gutters to shoveling the driveway and assembling outdoor decorations, limited daylight hours require a huge effort to get it all done before your guests arrive. Reward the handyman in your life for their hard work with our CBD Massage Oil. With 50mg of CBD per tablespoon and plenty of soothing, all-natural ingredients, it’s the perfect end to a big day.

The Baker

Christmas cookies. Gingerbread houses. Pecan pie. The lists of sweets to make for everyone during the holidays can seem endless. The versatility of our CBD Coconut Oil lets you turn on the Christmas carols and effortlessly dive into baking. Mix it in your favorite holiday recipes or apply it to dry or cracked hands after a long day in the kitchen.

The Animal Lover

Holiday shopping can make you feel like you’re buying it all without adding on gifts for a new pet. Our two Pet Tinctures make it simple to buy the best CBD gifts for a four-legged friend. Both products contain serving sizes of CBD that are specifically tailored to the needs of animals. Our Calming CBD Pet Tincture is a great for medium and large-sized dogs. For cats, rabbits and smaller breeds of dogs, our Sensitive Pet CBD Tincture offers plenty of benefits.

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Whether it’s your uncle’s polarizing political views or the cousin who asks why you’re single, the dinner table can become one of the most tense locations during the holiday season. The growing interest in CBD means that it will likely become a dinner topic that everyone has an opinion on this year.

Arm yourself with key information that will make conversations about it go as smoothly as possible. Here’s what you need to know in order to talk to your family about CBD.

What Is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. CBD is one of 108 different types of known cannabinoids in cannabis. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in cannabis which acts upon cannabinoid receptors.

Is CBD Safe?

A 2017 World Health Organization report notes that “cannabidiol… does not have psychoactive properties and has no potential for abuse and no potential to produce dependence.”

However, we always recommend advising loved ones to consult with a doctor or medical professional before incorporating CBD into their daily routine. They can advise on any potential interactions with medications they are currently taking or possible side effects.

Is CBD A Drug?

The Food and Drug Administration recognizes CBD as an active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug called Epidiolex. The oral medication is used to treat seizures in certain rare forms of pediatric epilepsy.

Is CBD Legal?

CBD is federally legal since last December’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from its prior classification as aSchedule I substance. The bill defines hemp as cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.

However, states have their own rules and regulations around CBD. While some states fully approve CBD use, others only permit it when prescribed by a physician or if the product contains 0% THC. Idaho and South Dakota do not approve CBD use outside of physician-prescribed Epidiolex.

Click here to find out the status of CBD in your state.

Is It Safe For Your Dog?

Although there is minimal research on the effects and benefits of CBD in dogs, anecdotal reports suggest that it’s safe for pets to consume. There have not been any reported cases of animals overdosing on hemp-derived CBD. Stephanie McGrath, a veterinary neurologist at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and one of the few researchers on CBD and dogs, tells Vice that her work appears to suggest that hemp-derived CBD is relatively safe in dogs.

We advise all pet owners to check the ingredients in any product they will administer to their pet. We also recommend only choosing products that undergo third-party lab testing and have these results readily available.

Can You Fly With CBD?

The Transportation Security Administration recently updated its policies around hemp-derived CBD oil. However, we do not recommend flying with CBD products or advising others to do so. Flying into or over states where CBD is not permitted is still a grey area. It’s also unclear how CBD products will be tested for THC at airports. Even if a person is compliant with all laws, a lengthy bag search could lead to a missed flight.

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New Jersey is looking to set a precedent for its residents who take CBD. The state unanimously passed a resolution asking Congress to set safe daily consumption guidelines for CBD products.

The resolution is spearheaded by The New Jersey State Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee. They write that “over 1,500 products that contain cannabidiol have arrived on the market.” However, they want “a clear approach from the FDA to regulate the products and ensure consumer safety.”

They believe that setting safe daily consumption guidelines will “allow individuals to experience the medical benefits of cannabidiol products.” The resolution also argues this will “generate economic activity by encouraging interstate commerce for cannabidiol companies.”

Why Is This Not Established?

There is not a uniform “safe” amount of CBD to take. Optimal serving sizes typically depend on several specific factors.

Product Type: Are you taking a High Potency or Standard Potency product? Tincture or topical? High Potency products will typically require a smaller serving size or less frequent consumption than Standard Potency products. When taking sublingually (underneath the tongue), anecdotal reports suggest that tinctures will act more quickly than other products.

Body Weight: Typically, heavier individuals need more CBD to feel the effects of CBD than a lighter person.

Usage frequency: Regular CBD users may develop a tolerance over time and experience reduced effects from the same serving size.

General tolerance: Some people are simply more sensitive about what goes into their body, while others start with a naturally high tolerance.

What’s The Right Serving Size?

The “correct” serving size you is simply what your personal preference is. New CBD users should start out with a small serving size. You can then increase or decrease the amount as needed.

By Graham Abbott

Any CBD products you are purchasing or consuming should come with test results that verify the products’ efficacy and, more importantly, safety. But, while testing labs serve an important and irreplaceable role in any responsible consumer product-based industry, it can be a big ask to get consumers to understand what the resulting test results actually mean.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the CBD industry, that’s exactly how things are for now because the FDA has yet to establish federal regulations for hemp-based CBD products. This means that CBD companies have themselves taken on the responsibility of making sure their products are accurately labeled and safe for consumption by contracting third-party testing laboratories to check over the products before they are made available to the public. These test results are almost always made available to customers, but what good are they for the average consumer if they are too complicated or technical to understand at first glance?

In that case, here is a quick guide explaining how to understand those CBD product test results!

Different tests for different products

The first thing to understand is that there are different sets of product tests that are necessary depending on which type of product (either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolated CBD) you are purchasing.

CBD isolate should consist entirely of just pure, crystallized CBD and that is the only cannabinoid or terpene left over from the hemp plant material that should be appearing in these product tests. Broad-spectrum products, however, contain CBD isolate with other terpenes and flavonoids added to product, and these product tests should cover those bases. Lastly, full-spectrum hemp products should include tests for all potential cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.

All of the above products, however — if they are coming from a reputable CBD source — should include tests for potential contaminants including heavy metals, pesticides, microbials such as mold or yeast, or fertilizers.

How product testing works

Hemp CBD products are tested through the process of analytical chromatography, just like any other organic consumer product. This involves dissolving a hemp product sample into a mixture known as the “mobile phase,” a solvent or gas that, when subjected to intense pressure, allows for said mixture’s unique chemical components to be separated from one another. This separation is usually accomplished via either High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), if the mixture is a liquid, or Gas Chromatography (GC) in the mixture is gaseous in form. 

In either case, lab scientists are able to separate and analyze each individual component of the sample by slowly heating up the sample, which allows for the separation of each component as they one by one reach their various boiling points. They then can measure and record the sample’s individual components by exposing them to electromagnetic radiation (aka light) and analyzing the results.

In fact, many times products are tested via both methods, as the HPLC process has proven particularly useful for detecting cannabinoid potencies while GC is more suited to detecting  more volatile compounds, such as terpenes, pesticides and any residual solvents.

Potency testing results

High CBD potencies usually make for the best selling point in the nascent CBD industry. One unfortunate side effect of this trend, however, is that some companies are exaggerating or flat-out inflating their products’ CBD content. That’s why Lazarus Naturals always lists total CBD content for each product and we make sure that our products’ CBD content matches or even exceeds what’s written on the label. One of our primary goals is to never short our customers on product potency.

Potency test results should at the very least describe the product’s cannabinoid profile: this number is usually dictated as a percentage that represents how much of each cannabinoid is in the product. Oftentimes, however, companies will also include cannabinoid totals in milligrams, and list how many milligrams are present in an average serving. 

Usually, potency numbers focus on just CBD or THC, the most common cannabinoids, but some laboratories have recently started including potency results for other cannabinoids that are growing in popularity, such as THCV, CBG, CBN, and others. Highly detailed potency test results should also include readings on a product’s terpene and flavonoid content.

If you’re using full-spectrum hemp products, be sure to check that all cannabinoid potencies (especially THC) are listed, not just CBD. It is technically possible (albeit unlikely) to fail a drug test for THC even if you haven’t consumed any cannabis-based products. 

Heavy metals, microbials, and pesticides

Hemp is an amazing bioremediator crop, meaning that it’s excellent at cleaning contaminated soil through absorption. Unfortunately, this also makes the hemp-based products particularly susceptible to contaminants including heavy metals and pesticides. Any reputable CBD provider knows this and will provide lab tests upfront that verify their products’ safety. 

Additionally, as an organic compound, hemp crops are also susceptible to mold and other microbes. Moldy hemp plants can cause serious illnesses because those microbials will often lead to highly contaminated hemp extractions, which can be particularly dangerous for sickly patients who are seeking CBD-based comfort of living. Even for more casual consumers, nobody wants to run the risk of consuming E.coli, Aspergillus, or other dangerous pathogens.

Reviewing a sample product test

Consider the following excerpts from test results for our High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture, one of Lazarus Naturals’ most popular offerings — you can view the following test results in full on our website, where we list all of the testing lab reports for any of our products, or directly by following this link.