CBD oil has been in the news, on billboards, and online everywhere you look these days. Unless you’ve been living in a dark hole, it’s hard to miss. If you don’t know what it is, it’s an oil derived from the marijuana “hemp” plant. Baby Boomers are well familiar with pot but are now using CBD oil to relieve pain, reduce stress, side effects of cancer treatments, heart health and even to get rid of acne.
It’s one of 104 chemical compounds that come from the marijuana plant. (Cannabis sativa) The compound is extracted and then diluted using a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed. CBD oil won’t make you high because it doesn’t contain THC which is another cannabinoid compound.
Several years ago, I bought a bottle of CBD oil at a conference after a speaker touted its benefits. You’re supposed to put it under your tongue using a dropper. I tried it, but it tasted just like pot and was awful. I was never into pot even in the 70s and was totally turned off.
CBD oil has been refined and improved greatly since then and I had the opportunity to try a few samples that you may be interested in knowing about.
Swell CBD offers CBD tinctures, vape cartridges, and softgels as well as CBD-infused coffee, confections, salves, and even pet treats. All of their CBD products are THC-free, can be shipped across state lines, and appeals to anyone who wants all the health benefits of CBD oil without the ‘high.’ It is Gluten-Free, THC-Free, organic, Non-GMO, and is pharmaceutical grade with no harsh chemicals.
A rep from Aeroflow Healthcare sent me a sample of Kingdom Harvest Peppermint CBD oil. It’s formulated with a combination of extracts from the hemp plant. The plants are grown at the Kingdom of Happy Land in Western North Carolina. Don’t you love that name? It makes me want to move there.
The product’s ingredients are fractionated coconut oil (MCT oil), whole-spectrum hemp extract, peppermint oil, and natural vitamin E.
The recommended dose is 0.25 ml, taken under your tongue twice daily using a dropper. Hold it for 30-60 seconds and then swallow. They suggest you try just a little at first to see how you react and then gradually increase the dose to 0.25 ml. If you tolerate it well, you can add one additional serving over time.
The taste is pleasant and easy to take. It doesn’t have a “pot” taste like the first CBD oil I tried. After a few minutes, I had a peaceful, easy feeling.
Kingdom Harvest also sells edibles, CBD oil for pets, coffee infused with CBD, chocolate, vapes, smoking buds, accessories, and clothing items with their Hemp Logo.
The “medicated” candy also comes in blue raspberry, cherry, green apple, and pineapple. It takes about 30-45 minutes to take full effect and it’s suggested that you start with half a candy first to see how you tolerate it. That being said, I wasn’t sure how to chop it up because the candy is hard. It tastes just like you’d expect from a watermelon hard candy and all you have to do is suck it.
I also sampled their disposable Vape pen with a fresh strawberry flavor. Other flavors include passion fruit, blue raspberry, Fruity Pebbles (a reminder of our youth) tropical haze, sour skittles, tangerine dream, watermelon, sour apple, and grape.
You can also choose from a selection of natural terpene flavors with fun names like Kush OG, Blue Dream, Jack Herer, Sour Diesel, Skywalker OG, Larry OG, Gorilla Glue, San Fernando Valley OG, Girl Scout Cookie, and Headband OG. A terpene is an organic compound found in the marijuana plant that gives strains its distinct aroma and flavor profile. Vaping is the quickest way to experience the effects of CBD.
OC Pharm’s vape pens are non-psychoactive, so they won’t get you high but you’ll feel relaxed and calm after just a few minutes.
I had to watch a video online to find out how to use the vape pen because I’ve never tried one before. It’s pretty easy. You take the pen out of its protective covering, pull off the top (I used my teeth) and then inhale. Since I’ve never been a smoker or vapor, I’ll stick to the tincture or an edible.
All of OC Pharm’s products are lab certified, hexane and solvent-free, pesticide-free, GMO-free and are made in the U.S.A. In lab tests, the purity level of their products consistently tests over 85% and as high as 95%. The company is endorsed by Dr. Jim Sears, who is a pediatrician, author, and co-host of the Dr. Phil spin-off “The Doctors.” His father, Dr. Bill Sears has been a prominent pediatrician and prolific author in the Los Angeles area for over forty years and was popular when my kids were babies.
They also sell a CBD oil tincture.
Another way you can enjoy the benefits of CBD is to eat edible products infused with CBD. Recently, I tried cookies made by Dr. Norms. The company offers two flavors, Chocolate Chip Therapy, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Therapy.
Each pack of 10 cookies is infused with 15 MG of 100% CBD. They are bite-sized, contain only pure medical-grade plant extracts, and each cookie is only 40 calories.
You determine your dose, depending on your needs, and that’s why each cookie is bite-sized. I recommend that you start with just one or two. For those who may have allergies, they contain wheat, milk, eggs, soy, pecans, and almonds.
The Peanut Butter Chocolate Therapy cookies are vegan, and both recipes only use real food ingredients. (nothing artificial)
Dr. Norm’s cookies have helped people who suffer from chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, and arthritis find relief.
Delight your sweet tooth with Swell CBD Peppermint Truffles infused with CBD Oil.
Nganic CBD is another online shopping outlet for CBD oil. It’s a family-owned company based and sourced in Colorado that sells high-quality products. They extract the CBD compound by using carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures. The CO2 evaporates once the pressure is released leaving no trace of it at all. It’s a cleaner and safer process that doesn’t use chemicals or solvents.
They also bottle their products in premium Dutch Miron Violettglas. It filters the light that would normally degrade the product over time. Their CBD oil, salve, and soft gel capsules are non-GMO, gluten-free and organic.
CBD products are a safer alternative for people who would normally take drugs, including opioids, for pain management. You don’t have to walk into a dispensary and can have your products shipped directly to you when you order online.
Hemp in Skin Care
Civilized Cosmetics – This company offers a line of hemp oil skincare that includes hemp oil infused body butter with shea butter, hemp oil infused skin cream with apple stem cells, and hemp oil infused moisture cream with pure hemp oil.
CBD for pets
Pup Science – this company has a Complete Health Bundle that includes a probiotic with multi-vitamins, a hip and joint formula, and hemp oil for pain, anxiety, and allergies.
Your pets may benefit from CBD oil as well. CBD Oil Tinctures – Natural Flavor – For Pets (250mg) specializes in pet CBD products. It’s organically grown, THC free, non-GMO, and grown in the U.S.A. The products come in oil & soft gels for dogs and cats, and pellets for horses. It’s a natural way to help your pet feel better with less pain.
Veterinarian-formulated treats to give your pup the benefits of CBD for pain and stress. And yummy too!
Have you tried CBD oil or any of their ancillary products? What was your experience like? Please leave a comment below.