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CBD For Crohn’s Disease: How CBD Oil Helps Manage My Chronic Illness

After major surgery and struggling with the anxiety that accompanies chronic illness, Annalise Mabe discovered the benefits of CBD oil. In this first-person account, she tells the Ministry how CBD helps relieve the anxiety and pain of Crohn’s disease.

Editor’s Note: This is the first of our new series of first person accounts of how CBD oil has helped people. In this article, writer Annalise Mabe explains how she uses CBD for Crohn’s disease. — KO

I sat in the gastroenterologist’s office at seventeen after a marathon of blood tests, -oscopies, and exams when my GI handed me photos of my intestines and told me I had Crohn’s disease, a chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of the intestine.

That was nearly ten years ago, and now, at twenty-eight, a lot has changed. I survived a major surgery, ventured into the world of biologic treatments, and began to explore CBD after reading that it may help patients with Crohn’s manage their symptoms, namely pain and anxiety.

THE COST OF CROHN’S

For me, Crohn’s had not been a serious problem until last year when it took 3 trips to the ER for doctors to realize that I needed a major surgery. Twelve inches of my small intestine had become inflamed and obstructed over time due to Crohn’s and had to be removed. At the same time, my GI started me on Remicade, a biologic drug infusion. Remicade can range from $1,300-$2,500 per single infusion without health insurance.

The past year has been whirlwind of medical emergencies, huge bills, automated phone calls to customer service agents, and lots and lots of anxiety. What if I somehow lose health insurance? What if I go in debt trying to afford health care? What if my body fails me again? What if I need another surgery? These are the questions that swirl in my head late at night, keeping me from being able to sleep.

A hand types on a laptop keyboard. Annalise Mabe shared her struggles with the anxiety and chronic pain caused by Crohn's disease, which led others to share their experiences with CBD oil.

Annalise Mabe shared her struggles with the anxiety and chronic pain caused by Crohn’s disease, which led others to share their experiences with CBD oil.

During these months, I wrote publicly on social media about having Crohn’s, updating friends, family members, and online acquaintances about my trek through the medical world. I took photos at my infusions and openly wrote about how I was afraid, that it wasn’t easy, and that it was okay to talk about these things. It wasn’t long before several friends and online acquaintances reached out me to share studies and articles they’d found about CBD and Crohn’s symptoms as well as their own personal experiences about using CBD to curb pain and anxiety.

Like the good student I am, I read up on all I could find. Then, after one friend’s encouragement, I applied for and then received my medical cannabis card thanks to the Florida Department of Health. With my card, I could purchase 10 mg CBD capsules from a reputable dispensary.

HOW USING CBD OIL FOR CROHN’S DISEASE HELPS ME

This was the beginning, and I should say that by no means is CBD oil a cure for Crohn’s disease.

Some people come from a totally holistic mindset and think that changing your diet or exercising is all you need to combat Crohn’s, but, in my case, I’ve needed medicine, too. While changing your diet and exercising can reduce some inflammation, it can’t combat what a body with Crohn’s is actually doing, which is producing a surplus amount of TNF-alphas which lead to more inflammation in the body.

Because Crohn’s is genetic and is thought to be an autoimmune disease, no amount of exercise, diet, or CBD oil will cure it. Used as a supplemental method, however, CBD helps to curb what are arguably the worst parts of having Crohn’s: the psychological burden/worry, abdominal pain, and overall anxiety.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND CBD OIL FOR CROHN’S DISEASE

New research is coming out daily on the science of CBD. It’s clear that we are just discovering the tip of the iceberg in terms of how CBDs work and interact with different mental and physical ailments.

The New York Times recently investigated the surge of CBD. Reporters spoke with Dr. Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at NYU’s School of Medicine who said: “CBD is the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric disease in the last fifty years.”

Dr. Blessing is currently working on a new study that looks at the use of CBD as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder and went on to explain: “The reason it is so promising is that it has a unique combination of safety and effectiveness across a very broad range of conditions.”

In another controlled study forthcoming in the journal PAIN and written about in Forbes, CBD was found to “alleviate both pain and anxiety, two symptoms often associated in neuropathic or chronic pain,” in animal models according to the study’s first author Danilo De Gregorio. This study focuses on how CBD interacts with the specific receptors that deliver pain and anxiety. Ultimately, it suggests CBD can act as a non-addictive, safe form of medicine in the treatment of pain and anxiety.

A gloved scientist with a vial of CBD and a hemp leaf. 'Full spectrum' extracts contain more cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial chemicals found in hemp & cannabis. A growing body of scientific research suggests CBD oil can reduce symptoms of inflammation, chronic pain and anxiety, and could even reduce the damage cause by some intestinal diseases.

A growing body of scientific research suggests CBD oil can reduce symptoms of inflammation, chronic pain and anxiety, and could even reduce the damage cause by some intestinal diseases.

While many studies are focusing on how CBD interacts with psychological ailments, one study authored by Dianele De Filippis et al. looks at intestinal inflammation. Researchers found that CBD may actually “counteract the inflammatory environments” in patients with Ulcerative Colitis (Crohn’s’ cousin), which can reduce and mediate the amount of intestinal damage. The findings of this study actually suggest that there are benefits from CBD for both Crohn’s and UC patients beyond the moderation of symptoms. This could be huge for the future treatment of Crohn’s and UC.

THE RISE OF CBD FOR HEALTH

The rising popularity of CBD is hard to ignore. CBD is offered in capsule, tincture, gummy form and are even being added to luxury confections by high-end boutique retailer Lord Jones.

Many people are taking to online forums to share how CBD is working for them by reducing their anxiety like one reddit user who wrote: “CBD changed my life for the better.”

Now that CBD is being offered more widely across the country, it’s becoming more accessible to people who are suffering from chronic pain and the anxiety that oftentimes accompanies us on the journey towards remission. While researchers may be on the frontiers of CBD research, it’s clear to see that cannabinoids are proving to be effective in moderating pain and anxiety, allowing people with chronic illness to find, at least, some solace and relief.

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Using CBD Gummies For Anxiety And Depression

CBD gummies can make a valuable daily supplement for people struggling with anxiety and depression. Some consumers report they offer long lasting relief to many of their symptoms, and some science supports this too.

Are anxiety and depression keeping you from living a fulfilled life? CBD is an all-natural health supplement with anti-anxiety properties that could help improve your daily life. Learn about the health benefits of CBD Gummies and how they could help you with symptoms of anxiety and chronic stress.

Mental health problems are at an all-time high and many people feel underserved by traditional psychiatric medicines. Studies on CBD reveal that it could help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Chronic stress can be caused by a multitude of factors. How we respond to stress could be the key to reducing anxiety and preventing the risks associated with mental health disorders.

In this article, you’ll learn the benefits of CBD gummies on anxiety, what doses of CBD are most effective, how to find quality CBD, and more.

CBD OIL: SAFETY & LEGALITY

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an all-natural supplement that can offer a wide range of health benefits for a number of different issues, including mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.

CBD oil in a glass jar sits on a table top near a hemp bud. CBD oil derived from hemp can be legally obtained in all 50 states.

CBD oil derived from hemp can be legally obtained in all 50 states.

CBD sold online is typically derived from hemp. Both hemp and marijuana are two types of the same species of plant known as, cannabis. And although hemp is very similar to marijuana, it is also very different.

Unlike marijuana, the hemp plant contains less than .3% THC, which is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

That means that CBD doesn’t get you high and does not cause the psychotropic effects associated with marijuana and THC.

Studies evaluating the safety of CBD have shown that the compound is extremely safe, even in high dosages. However, there are some things you should consider when taking cannabidiol.

The most severe, but very uncommon side effects of CBD are sedation and fatigue. Cannabidiol can also lower blood pressure and change the way your body processes some types of medications.

CBD is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 Farm Bill upheld by the 2018 HIA vs. DEA ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

HOW DOES CBD WORK?

Cannabidiol is just one of over a hundred compounds in hemp, called cannabinoids, being studied and used for therapeutic benefits.

CBD works supporting the body’s natural endocannabinoid system; a network of biochemical compounds and receptors specialized to maintain balance in nearly every aspect of health and wellness.

The hemp compound fits perfectly into specialized receptors, called cannabinoid receptors, which control different bodily functions that influence health.

An illustration of neurons firing in a human head. The unique effects of CBD in the brain lead to a host of healing benefits from this popular supplement.

An illustration of neurons firing in a human head. The unique effects of CBD in the brain lead to a host of healing benefits from this popular supplement.

Our bodies produce compounds that are identical to the cannabinoids found in hemp, which is why CBD fits like a lock and key in our receptor cells.

These identical compounds produced by the body are called, endocannabinoids, short for endogenous cannabinoids.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system by binding with cannabinoid receptors such as CB1, CB2, and others.

Research shows that this vital health system is an integral part of the not only the sleep process, but also emotional stability, mental health, and many other aspects of wellness.

CBD ANXIETY & DEPRESSION STUDIES

Recent data revealed that 1 in 5 Americans took some type of psychiatric medication recently, meaning anxiety and depression are much more common than we’d like to talk about.

Most of what we know about CBD and mental health comes from animal studies and small-scale human experiments. However, a growing body of evidence along with thousands of anecdotal reports suggests CBD can improve symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders.

An older man in a plaid shirt clutches his head in anguish. Today, CBD is used to relieve symptoms of numerous conditions, from anxiety and mental illness to chronic pain.

Today, CBD is used to relieve symptoms of numerous conditions, from anxiety and mental illness to chronic pain.

Chronic stress is often a primary trigger of anxiety, and animal studies show us that CBD can calm the stress-response and nervous system. Further experimentson mice and humans show us that CBD also has properties that can relax the muscles and blood vessels, even during stress. It also exhibits a natural calming effect on the mind, which could aid the onset of sleep and reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Researchers believe this effect occurs when CBD binds with the 5-HT1A neuro-receptor. This receptor is essentially like a signaling hub in the brain for emotions and is also the main target of most modern antidepressants.

One of the most notable studies on CBD’s effects on anxiety disorders in humans comes from a trial on the fear of public speaking. Compared to a placebo, CBD reduced the physical markers of stress-related anxiety and participants reported fewer symptoms of the phobia.

Several peer-reviewed analysis also now confirm and validate the study’s results indicating CBD as a potential drug for anxiety disorders.

USING CBD GUMMIES FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Taking CBD for sleep, anxiety, and depression can be as simple as snacking on a few tasty Gummies once or twice per day.

CBD-infused Gummies are made using all-natural ingredients and non-GMO, organic CBD hemp concentrate produced by super-critical CO2 extraction. Similar to taking chewable vitamins, Gummies offer a safe, effective way to easily take cannabidiol as a daily supplement. You can find them available in a range of potencies from 5mg-25mg and are typically sold in 30-60 count bottles.

Assorted rainbow gummy bears spill from a plastic bottle. When it comes to CBD dosing, start small and increase gradually after you feel the supplement's effects. CBD gummies come in a variety of dosages, typically offering between 5mg and 25mg per candy.

CBD gummies come in a variety of dosages, typically offering between 5mg and 25mg per candy.

CBD is non-toxic and non-intoxicating, which means that you can’t overdose from eating too many gummies. Unlike with THC edibles, you don’t have to worry about experiencing anxiety or paranoia from eating too many CBD Gummies.

There is no exact dosage of CBD for any particular condition or ailment, but it’s generally recommended to begin taking CBD gummies in smaller, low dosages. You can increase the dosage as needed once you’ve observed how CBD may affect your symptoms.

Similar to eating grapefruit, CBD could alter the way your body metabolizes certain types of medications. Always consult with your doctor first for treating serious health conditions.

WHY DO PEOPLE CHOOSE CBD GUMMIES OVER OTHER FORMS OF CBD?

When it comes to cannabidiol, if all things are held constant (like product quality) the major differences in products boils down to administration/consumption methods. For example, tinctures are dropped under the tongue and the CBD is absorbed sublingually. Gummies however, are eaten and the CBD is absorbed through the digestion process.

The most popular reason for using gummies over tinctures or other forms of CBD is by far, the taste. Many people find the earthy flavors of oils to be unappealing. CBD gummies however, taste great. People also find that using the gummies is a little more discreet than other forms, and they can administer their CBD in public more freely.

When comparing the effects of tinctures over edibles, consumers typically notice a faster and stronger effect when using tinctures. For anxiety or depression issues, they can be great in high-stress moments where the onset of panic begins, using CBD oil sublingually might help elevate issues in moments, rather than waiting for the CBD to be digested.

A closeup of rainbow gummy bears in a pile. Some anecdotal reports suggest CBD gummies offer longer lasting but milder effects than some other forms of CBD.

Some anecdotal reports suggest CBD gummies offer longer lasting but milder effects than some other forms of CBD.

However, consumers do report that using CBD gummies and edibles for anxiety is extremely effective as well. This is because edibles tend to have a “milder” effect, but last longer as the CBD goes through the digestion process to be absorbed into the bloodstream. People with anxiety issues tend to notice that they handle the rigors and stresses of daily life much better throughout the day when using edibles over tinctures.

FIND QUALITY CBD ONLINE

How do you find the best CBD retailers online?

First, always make sure that a retailer’s website is secured by checking the URL in the browser for the little SSL lock. If the site is not secure, your personal information could be at risk.

Second, always ask the retailer for the 3rd party lab tests for any CBD products you are interested in. These are the tests that analyze the chemical composition of a product or CBD extract and will prove its purity and concentration. This test will also indicate whether or not a CBD product contains any amount of THC, which is important if you are concerned about drug testing.

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Flying With CBD: Are You Allowed To Fly With CBD Oil?

Flying with CBD oil seems like a natural choice, given how this supplement relaxes and soothes our aches and pains. Unfortunately, the TSA is less understanding than we’d like.

Flying with CBD oil seems like a natural choice, given how this supplement relaxes and soothes our aches and pains.

CBD is a wonderful addition to your daily supplements, and it’s only natural that you’ll want to take it with you on trips and vacations. Unfortunately, America’s airports and airplanes are not somewhere you want to carry CBD.

A traveler pulls a rollie bag through a airport at sunset, their profile silhouetted by the sunlight streaming in through the massive windows looking out on the runway. While CBD oil can promote relaxation and relieve symptoms of anxiety, the TSA doesn't want you to bring it aboard a plane.

While CBD oil can promote relaxation and relieve symptoms of anxiety, the TSA doesn’t want you to bring it aboard a plane.

We can add it to our food, put it in our tea, drop it into water bottles, and place it under our tongues. CBD is a super-supplement providing many benefits for travelers including reducing inflammation and symptoms of anxiety. While CBD can be shipped across state lines, and can be sold legally, it still cannot be brought onto airplanes per TSA guidelines.

THE TSA SAYS DON’T FLY WITH CBD

The following is quoted from the TSA’s website:

Possession of marijuana and cannabis infused products, such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is illegal under federal law.

Essentially, the rule includes all medical marijuana, and hemp-based supplements alike including CBD. The TSA makes no distinction between hemp and marijuana. The TSA is also exempt from state laws, as they operate under federal law. Which means that even if your products are totally legal where you live, you still cannot bring them onto the airplane.

The TSA says they don’t necessarily check for illegal substances:

TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs.

At the same time, they note that if they do discover what they consider an illegal substance, they’ll act accordingly and alert law enforcement officers.

Long story short, do not try to get on an airplane with cannabis or hemp products, because even if you get past security screenings, there are always customs checkpoints (on international flights) and other agencies (such as the DEA) that are constantly at the airport.

John Bussman, a California criminal defense attorney, sounded a note of caution in an essay for Kindland.

“The moral of the story is that the airport is a dangerous place to possess drugs,” he wrote. “The government is watching, and it’s sifting through your stuff.”

ALTERNATIVES TO FLYING WITH CBD

Fortunately, there are a couple alternatives to flying with CBD.

A woman holds out her arms during a TSA security check before flying. The Transportation Safety Authority doesn't want you flying with CBD, so you're better off leaving it at home, taking it before you fly, or buying more CBD oil when you arrive.

The Transportation Safety Authority doesn’t want you flying with CBD, so you’re better off leaving it at home, taking it before you fly, or buying more CBD oil when you arrive.

For one, you could simply take a CBD tincture, capsule, gummy or other edible prior to your flight. This would be a great alternative, assuming that you don’t have a 2+ hour wait prior to your flight. This way, you can get the calming effect of the CBD prior to flying, helping you achieve that all-important mid-flight nap.

Second, you can do your due diligence and research good shops around the area that sell quality CBD tinctures. Lastly, if you already have quality CBD products at home, you can simply mail it ahead of time to your destination.

CHANGING ATTITUDES MEAN FUTURE CHANGES TO FLYING WITH CBD

We know it’s a bummer that we can’t even take CBD products with us on flights. But all we can do, for now, is be patient.

American culture has already started to embrace hemp products and culture. A couple years ago, if one wanted to read about these topics, you would either read High Times or Vice. Now you there are numerous online publications that produce quality and trustworthy content about these formerly taboo topics (like us here at Ministry of Hemp). You can even find cannabis-themed books and shows on Amazon or Netflix and hemp publications and foods at Whole Foods.

We are now living in a world in which hemp is finally reaching the point of normalcy. Increasingly, these products are a part of thousands of people’s everyday lives.

So, with that being said, be responsible. Don’t bring anything illegal or contraband on flights, enjoy yourselves responsibly, and share the love of hemp, cannabis, & CBD with other people!

 

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Veritas Farms Hemp Oil Tincture Combines CBD Relief With Minty Freshness

Veritas Farms Hemp Oil Tincture tastes light and pleasant in peppermint, with just the right amount of mint. This tincture relieved symptoms of chronic pain, headache and menstrual cramps in our reviewer.

Veritas Farms Hemp Oil Tincture tastes light and pleasant in peppermint, with just the right amount of minty freshness.

We tested Veritas Farms’ 250mg strength full-spectrum CBD oil tincture. The suggested dose of CBD on the label was strong enough to relieve symptoms of chronic back pain, headache, and menstrual cramps in our reviewer.

Located in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Veritas Farms is a leader in sustainable phytocannabinoid farming. They put as much emphasis on conservation and environmental responsibility as they do the production of high-quality hemp products. Capturing the “farm-to-table” concept so popular in food production, the farmers at Veritas grow, process, test, and package all their products on-site and locally source whatever they can.

Veritas Farms paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. We only select the highest-quality CBD products for review on our site. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Continue reading for our full review of Veritas Farms Hemp Oil Tincture and to learn more about how they make their products.

VERITAS FARMS PROMOTES HEALTHY PLANTS, HEALTHY PEOPLE & HEALTHY PLANET

Using drip irrigation and other environmentally friendly agricultural practices like composting and organic fertilizers, Veritas takes care of the environment, not only for themselves but for the generations of farmers that will follow. They see themselves as pioneers in sustainable hemp production and stewards of the land.

All of Veritas Farms products begin with hemp grown on their farm. Once harvested, plants are hung in the barn to dry, then processed by-hand into a fine powder. Using an ethanol extraction process, full-spectrum oil is pulled from the plant and is tested on-site throughout the process to ensure quality. The extract is also tested by a third-party independent lab to ensure quality and purity. Once testing is complete, these extracts are used to create the broad line of products Veritas Farms offers.

The flavors in Veritas Farms Hemp Oil Tincture are mild but effectively hide the medicinal taste found in some other tinctures.VERITAS FARMS HEMP OIL TINCTURE OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Veritas Farms Hemp Oil Tincture eased the pain of headaches, a sore back and menstrual cramps, all in a pleasant peppermint flavor.
  • Strength: 250mg per 30ml bottle, also available in several concentrations up to 2000mg
  • Price: $39.00 – $199.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping for a single bottle started at $5.99, with expedited options available.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: This CBD tincture has a pleasing minty flavor that is light and refreshing, effectively masking the hemp flavor, without leaving our reviewer’s mouth feeling oily.
  • Ingredients: Full spectrum hemp extract / CBD oil plus MCT (coconut-based) Oil, Essential Oil and Stevia
  • Other: Also available in unflavored or salted caramel, watermelon, citrus, and strawberry flavored tinctures.

Veritas Farms grows all their hemp organically and sustainably on their Colorado Farm. They offer a full line of wellness products, including soap, lotions, massage oils, gummies, salves, vapes, and capsules.

They also offer products formulated and flavored with pets in mind. Horse crumble (80% pure CBD) and tuna or bacon flavored tinctures for dogs and cats (100 & 200mg) are also available.

Yoga photo by Jordan Patterson. 

 

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CBD Mulled Apple Cider: Warm Up & Slow Down During Busy Holidays

We’re excited to introduce Ministry of Hemp readers to Chron Vivant and share his delicious CBD mulled apple cider recipe. We thought we’d start with a brief Q&A about his work and the art of hemp-infused cocktails.

We’re excited to introduce Ministry of Hemp readers to Chron Vivant and share his delicious CBD mulled apple cider recipe. We thought we’d start with a brief Q&A about his work and the art of hemp-infused cocktails. -Kit

A Q&A WITH CHRON VIVANT

Kit O’Connell, Editor in Chief at Ministry of Hemp: How did you get into making elevated cocktails? Was there a steep learning curve?

John Korkidis, a.k.a. @ChronVivant: Little known fact: I spent most of my 20’s living and working in China as a creative. During my time there I cut my teeth in various agency roles and had the honor of working closely with artists like Ai Weiwei in his Beijing studio.

I actually gained my appreciation for mixology during my time in China. I had a few friends who opened up some of the first cocktail bars in Beijing. They are the ones I credit for acquainting me with properly constructed classics and riffs. Also, because of proximity, Beijing had some fantastic Japanese whiskey bars where I gained a true appreciation for quality spirits, attentive service, custom hand-carved ice, and technique-driven mixology programs.

A bundle of cinnamon sticks in a ribbon sits next to a clove orange. Cinnamon sticks and a clove orange help enhance the warm apple and hemp flavors of our CBD mulled apple cider.

Cinnamon sticks and a clove orange help enhance the warm apple and hemp flavors of our CBD mulled apple cider.

When I first got to San Francisco, I found this type of experience and quality execution surprisingly lacking. (These days, though, the drink scene has definitely caught up). In addition, I wasn’t used to paying $16 for a classic cocktail that was not properly executed, so I started to experiment with building the base of my favorite drinks at home.

I focus on education and do my best to make things approachable for home chefs, apartment bartenders, and expert mixologists alike. Like anything in life, practice makes perfect. But getting started is not as hard as one might think.

MoH: What are some of your recipes you make most?

CV: Typically the drinks I feature are more mood enhancing than medicinal. However, I provide basic education and best practices for making all sorts of infusions. So depending on one’s particular needs, responsible adults (in legal states) have the ability to manufacture quality products affordably in their own home and use them how they see fit.

The recipes I make the most leverage CBD and act to enhance relaxation. I love classic cocktails like old-fashioneds but I’m also a sucker for an egg white sour, so these are the drinks I make most at home.

I personally have found that micro-dosing cannabinoids works for me. But in regards to traditional cocktails and mocktails, it’s common to have more than one. So it’s important that when creating recipes, dosing takes that into account. Also, I look at cannabis as just another ingredient and never try to make it the focal point. As you know, it’s important to get the balance right; it takes complex flavors and ingredients coming together to make a great drink. And it’s no different when making a canna-beverage.

MOH: What do you think people need to know about CBD drinks & cocktails? Any common misconceptions?

CV: Definitely lot’s of common misconceptions. When people hear cannabis cocktail often they assume that these drinks are going to get you high. To avoid any negative synergistic effects, I never recommend combining psychoactive cannabis with alcohol.

Chron Vivant is all about promoting responsible consumption and typically creates recipes that feature either CBD cocktails (low ABV) or non-alcoholic THC drink alternatives (no ABV).

An antique "Hot Apple Cider" sign, shaped like an apple, painted on a wooden fence. Our hot CBD mulled apple cider will enhance those autumn vibes and help you relax during the busy holiday season.

Our hot CBD mulled apple cider will enhance those autumn vibes and help you relax during the busy holiday season.

Another thing for people to keep in mind is that everyone responds differently to ingesting cannabis. Even experienced users should exercise caution when consuming medicated infusions and follow the golden rule of ”going slow and keeping the dosage low.”

ENHANCE THE AUTUMN VIBES WITH CBD MULLED APPLE CIDER

We are already a month into fall and that means the holiday season is fast approaching.

It seems that once Halloween arrives, time speeds up and New Year’s Eve is here before we know it – a phenomenon known by some as Hallowthanksmas.

I find a good way to slow things down is to break up my daily routine and take a moment to catch my breath and reflect with a fall-themed CBD cocktail or non-alcoholic CBD beverage.

Croptober is one of my favorite times of year for ingredients. It’s period of transition, when the colors are still changing, the weather is shifting, and savory fruits and warm spices flood local markets.

As soon as I start to see apples, persimmons, and pumpkins popping up, that’s when I get the signal that the change in seasons truly is here and I know it’s time to make a batch of my signature mulled apple cider.

This easy-to-make, and even easier-to-drink, beverage is perfect for warming up the soul and makes an excellent batch concoction for your next seasonal party.

The addition of CBD is sure to comfort the body and relax the mind. And since CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, you won’t need to worry worry about experiencing any negative synergistic effects when combined with alcohol. But of course, this fall-themed CBD cocktail can easily become a non-alcoholic mocktail by simply negating the booze.

A decanter of bourbon sits on a platter with a bottle of tincture, apples, cloves, and a glass of cider decorated with a cinnamon stick. Chron Vivant's CBD Mulled Apple Cider will warm you up and help relieve the stress of the holidays.SPIKED CBD MULLED APPLE CIDER RECIPE

Yield:

  • 8-10 servings

Equipment:

  • Large pot or slow cooker
  • Ladle

Prep time:

  • 10 minutes

Cook time:

  • 2.5 hours

Total:

  • 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts organic apple cider
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnishes)
  • 1 large organic orange
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • Bourbon or rum of your choice (optional)
  • CBD tincture (see our choices for top CBD brands)

Preparation:

  • Add organic apple cider into a large pot or slow cooker
  • Place whole cinnamon sticks into the liquid
  • Embed cloves into the rind of an orange and place orange into the cider
  • Cook on low until the spices really start to come through and the cider is hot (about 2.5-3 hours)

Serving:

  • Carefully ladle cider directly from your pot or slow cooker into heat resistant cups
  • Add one ounce of bourbon or rum (optional)
  • Add 3-4 drops of your favorite CBD tincture
  • Place a cinnamon stick in each glass to garnish and serve

 

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How Endurance Athletes Use CBD: CBD Oil Helps You Go The Extra Mile

Marathon runners, triathletes, cyclists, and other such athletes push their bodies and minds to the limits, and many of them find themselves in states of constant physical pain or mental exhaustion. CBD can help them feel better and go further.

Every day, an increasing number of endurance athletes use CBD to go further and feel better.

The potential benefits of CBD and its balancing properties are just beginning to gain recognition. CBD can help almost anyone who has general pain, anxiety, or other day-to-day physical and psychological issues. Many of us undergo a lot of physical and mental stress in our daily lives, and endurance athletes are no exception. Marathon runners, triathletes, cyclists, and other such athletes push their bodies and minds to the limits, and many of them find themselves in states of constant physical pain or mental exhaustion.

THE MANY WAYS ENDURANCE ATHLETES USE CBD

As CBD has become more prominent, it’s become more and more recognized in the world of athletics. The biggest potential benefits for endurance athletes are CBD’s potential to reduce inflammation and stress or anxiety, improve recovery time, and even control appetite.

A silhouette of a runner jogging during a sunrise. Distance runners, triathletes, professional cyclists and other endurance athletes use CBD because it helps them perform better and longer.

Distance runners, triathletes, professional cyclists and other endurance athletes use CBD because it helps them perform better and longer.

Endurance Athletes Use CBD To Reduce Inflammation and Soreness

For athletes who put a lot of miles on their bodies, inflammation is one of the biggest concerns. Constant use of muscles and joints can cause inflammation and soreness. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that also can protect cells from oxidative damage. Studies have shown that CBD might be an alternative to over-the-counter pain medicines like Advil and Tylenol.

CBD Can Increase Energy

When taken in smaller doses, CBD actually activates the same adenosine receptors that caffeine does, providing a boost of energy. This can be great for training or race days that might seem like too much otherwise. The boost of energy is just one way that CBD might help improve recovery times.

CBD Will Reduce Stress and Anxiety

CBD has also shown potential in reducing stress and anxiety. This is due to its ability to regulate the endocannabinoid system. Essentially, CBD acts on the cannabinoid receptors that are responsible for responses to stress. Some athletes have found that CBD helps them recover from the stress of making time for training in their already busy schedules and from their workouts. It can also be helpful for race/event days to calm pre-race nerves or to help fall asleep the night before. Since our bodies don’t repair themselves as well when under stress, this benefit of CBD may help endurance athletes recover from heavy training or injuries more easily.

Control Appetite Your Appetite With CBD

Finally, CBD might help control your appetite. If you are on a strict training diet, CBD has been shown to not only slow appetite, but also help feel full for longer. This could be a great benefit for athletes who are trying to put the healthiest foods into their bodies without overeating. Some studies have even shown that CBD helps boost metabolism and increase the body’s ability to burn fat.

WHICH ENDURANCE ATHLETES USE CBD?

Athletes who are constantly training or competing may find that CBD provides relief from the stress of the endurance world. Triathletes, distance runners, cyclists, and athletes who do similar sports will likely appreciate CBD’s potential as a painkiller and anti-inflammatory.

Cyclists race on a roadway in a tight pack, wearing sponsored pro cyclist gear and helmets. Some endurance athletes use CBD to reduce their dependence on pharmaceutical painkillers to relieve the soreness of workouts.

Some endurance athletes use CBD to reduce their dependence on pharmaceutical painkillers to relieve the soreness of workouts.

While scientific studies on CBD’s potential athletic benefits are yet to be done. Anecdotally, many endurance athletes say that they have stopped using all painkillers in favor of CBD. Others say that CBD helps them focus and improves their stamina when taken before running or other forms of exercise.

And the benefits aren’t just there for endurance athletes: CBD might help athletes who participate in many other sports. Preliminary research suggests CBD is a neuroprotectant. That means CBD could help the brain recover from concussions. Soccer players, football players, and other athletes who might get hit in the head could find CBD useful.

BEFORE YOU BUY CBD

CBD is still being researched, so there are not a lot of regulations on how it is produced.

If you are interested in trying CBD, the most important thing to do is research whether CBD is legal where you live. If so, you can begin your search for a CBD company. You’ll probably find a few options online. Like with anything on the internet, do your research on these companies.

A reputable CBD company will have its products tested by third parties, who will check that the product is, in fact, what it claims to be. CBD companies should provide the results of the tests; and if they don’t, it’s best to look elsewhere. And, while there is evidence that CBD can help with a variety of ailments, there are no conclusive proofs about it yet. Make sure to avoid CBD companies who promise to cure every problem you are experiencing.

Otherwise, whether you are an athlete or not, we hope that if you try CBD, you are pleased with the outcome!

 

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NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets Are A Quick Way To Get Your Daily Cannabidiol

NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets pack a strong spearmint flavor that reminded us of Altoids. The tablet begins dissolving immediately after you put it in your mouth with a pleasant candy texture.

NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets pack a strong spearmint flavor that reminded us of Altoids.

This was the first time our reviewer had the chance to try a fast dissolving tablet and the opportunity didn’t disappoint! To start, NutraCanna uses high quality packaging that’s clearly labeled and easy to open.

Although the instructions state to put the tablet under the tongue for better absorption through the sublingual glands, our reviewer also put it on top of the tongue to get a better feel for the texture and taste. The tablet begins dissolving immediately after you put it in your mouth. The texture and feel reminded our reviewer of sweet tart candy, without the tart flavor. The spearmint flavor was strong but not overpowering and left a clean minty feel on the palette, combined with a slight medicinal aftertaste.

A bottle of NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets posted in a forest, with two of the white round tablets. We were excited to try NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets and the results were rewarding.

We were excited to try NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets and the results were rewarding.

NutraCanna paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. We only select the highest-quality CBD products for review on our site. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on for our full review of NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets and to learn more about how they’re made.

KENTUCKY FAMILY FARMERS GROW NUTRACANNA HEMP WITH PRIDE

NutraCanna is a Florida-based company that is proud to work with family hemp farmers in Kentucky. These hemp farmers have been producing and cultivating hemp for generations and are pioneers in the industry. Nutracanna operates under the guidance of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. Moreover, they collaborate closely with scientists and experts on everything from cutting-edge genetics and breeding to harvesting and quality control programs in the U.S.

Their products are 99 percent naturally derived. NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets are gluten free. They’re also free of GMO’s, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde and artificial coloring. They use third party testing to ensure the purity and quality of their products.

Each tablet contains 10mg of CBD with a total of 30 tablets for 300mg per bottle. We always recommend starting with a lower dose when starting out with CBD, but experienced CBD users might want to take more than one tablet, or supplement their daily regiment with NutraCanna 1000mg CBD tincture. For potent night time relief, NutraCanna also offers a nighttime fast dissolving CBD tablet with 25mg of CBD per tablet plus melatonin in a delicious orange flavor. In any case, the price point per milligrams of CBD is competitive, so customers are getting what they pay for.

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  • Highlights: NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets have a great spearmint flavor and dissolve quickly under the tongue so they can go work right away! 
  • Strength: 10mg per tablet, 30 tablets per 300mg bottle
  • Price: $46.00
  • Special: Use coupon code Ministry15 for 15% off your order
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, easy to reach customer service. NutraCanna offers free shipping on orders over $75.00. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: A strong but not overpowering spearmint flavor that mostly covers up the taste of hemp. These tablets remind us of minty candy as they dissolve in your mouth.
  • Ingredients: CBD isolate with Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Stevia, D-Mannitol, Xylitol, MCC (Microcrystalline Cellulose), Crospovidone, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Spearmint Flavor, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, and Avocado Oil Powder
  • Other: NutraCanna also makes dissolvable tablets for nighttime, with added meltanonin, in 10mg and 25mg strength.

NutraCanna’s products are made from non-GMO hemp grown on Kentucky family farms under closely monitored conditions. In addition to fast dissolving tablets, NutraCanna also offers topical CBD pain cream, CBD oil tinctures and CBD isolate. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

 

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PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray Gave Our Morning Coffee A Delicious Boost

PlusCBD Cafe Mocha Spray is the perfect way to start our day off right. This spray combines full spectrum hemp extract with a strong coffee taste and delicious chocolate. It pairs wonderfully with almost any cup of coffee.

PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray is the perfect way to start our day off right.

This spray has a strong coffee taste with delicious chocolate undertones that pairs wonderfully with almost any cup of coffee. It also makes a great addition to smoothies, hemp milk and other food and drinks. If you are a lover of coffee flavor, you’ll probably enjoy spraying PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray directly in your mouth, too.

For this review, we tested the this spray in the 500mg strength. According to PlusCBD Oil, each 2 ounce bottle contains about 160 servings of 2 sprays each. Each serving provides about 3mg of CBD, or 1.5mg per spray. This is a relatively low dose of CBD, but we found it made a great start to our day which we could supplement later with CBD in other forms … or by going back for a second cup of CBD coffee! Since CBD oil can promote relaxation, it may even reduce some of the negative side effects of coffee.

Bottles of PlusCBD Cafe Mocha Spray sits near a cup of black coffee and scattered coffee beans and chocolate chunks. PlusCBD Cafe Mocha Spray helped our review team start our day with a relaxing and flavorful cup.

PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray helped our review team start our day with a relaxing and flavorful cup.

PlusCBD Oil paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. We only select the highest-quality CBD products for review on our site. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on to learn more about PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray and see our official review.

PLUSCBD OIL CREATES TOP-QUALITY HEMP PRODUCTS FROM ‘SEED TO SHELF’

In order to create top-quality hemp products, PlusCBD Oil monitors every stage of manufacture and the supply chain from “seed to shelf.” Using an in-house laboratory, they carefully test their hemp and CBD for strength, impurities, and to ensure they are free from toxins like pesticides and heavy metals. Of course, for full transparency, a third-party laboratory tests all their products before they reach the market. Certificates of analysis are available to customers on request.

PlusCBD Oil works closely with the hemp industry to ensure access to CBD and encourage hemp growing across the United States. The care they put into their products is readily apparent in the final product. PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray came in a high-quality bottle with a great, reliable spray mechanism. The bottles are very clearly labeled too, offering clear guidelines for usage and an easy to read ingredients list.

PlusCBD Cafe Mocha Spray covers the taste of hemp extract with a strong, rich chocolate-coffee flavor that’s perfect for adding to drinks.PLUSCBD OIL CAFÉ MOCHA SPRAY OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: PlusCBD Oil CBD Café Mocha Spray covers the taste of hemp extract with a strong, rich chocolate-coffee flavor that’s perfect for adding to drinks..
  • Strength: 500mg of CBD per 2oz bottle, about 1.5mg of CBD per spray, also available in a 100mg 1oz bottle
  • Price: $67.95
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Flavor & Texture: This CBD Café Mocha Spray has a strong coffee flavor with rich chocolate notes. The spray feels a bit oily when sprayed into the mouth but combines well with beverages.
  • Ingredients: Full spectrum hemp extract / CBD oil plus Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Natural Coffee Flavor, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Silica,  Monk Fruit (Siraitia grosvenorii), Monolaurin, Quillaja Saponaria, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Alpha Tocopherol
  • Other: Also available in peppermint and unflavored CBD sprays

PlusCBD Oil products are made from high-quality non-GMO hemp grown in Europe. They also offer a wide range of products including CBD oil, topicals, capsules and softgels, and concentrates. All PlusCBD Oil products are gluten-free, including their gummies.

 

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CBD Myths vs. Facts: The Truth About Hemp-Derived CBD (VIDEO)

Despite its popularity, there are still myths and misconceptions around hemp-derived CBD oil. Our latest video takes a look at the truth behind 5 CBD myths.

CBD myths continue to proliferate despite the growing popularity of this beneficial nutritional supplement.

Hemp’s popularity is booming in America, and thousands of people have discovered the benefits of CBD. However, a great deal of stigma and confusion remain. In our latest video, we take a look at 5 common myths about CBD.

  • CBD Myth #1: CBD will get you high.

Hemp is not marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD products have less than 0.3% THC and will not result in feelings of intoxication. While it’s possible to have side effects from CBD, as long as you use a quality CBD tincture, these are rare and usually minimal.

  • CBD Myth #2: Urinalysis tests only test for THC.

While hemp extracts predominantly contain CBD, they are not completely THC free. It is possible to fail a drug test from taking CBD supplements.

  • CBD Myth #3: You need THC to activate CBD.
Despite its growing popularity, there are still myths and misconceptions around hemp-derived CBD oil. Our latest video takes a look at the truth behind 5 CBD myths.

Despite its growing popularity, there are still myths and misconceptions around hemp-derived CBD oil. Our latest video takes a look at the truth behind 5 CBD myths.

Hemp contains numerous naturally occurring compounds, called cannabinoids, that interplay to create beneficial effects. CBD can work alone, but when it interacts with other cannabinoids to greater effect, this is known as the “entourage effect.”

  • CBD Myth #4: Hemp-derived CBD is not as effective as CBD from marijuana.

CBD is CBD, no matter the original source. The human body does not recognize whether CBD is sourced from medical cannabis or hemp.

CBD Myth #5: CBD Products are illegal since they come from cannabis.

According to the analysis of numerous hemp experts, the 2014 Farm Bill and other laws and precedents make it legal to possess and distribute CBD oil in the U.S.

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Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies Are Strong, Sour-Tasting & Fun

Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies are stronger than most other CBD gummy bears. These gummies from Every Day Optimal stand out for two reasons: their fabulous flavor, which reminded our reviewer of “Sour Patch Kids,” and their potency.

Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies are stronger than most other CBD gummy bears, all while tasting like one of our favorite sweet and sour candy treats.

As big fans of CBD gummies, we’ve enjoyed seeing the growing variety on the market. These gummies from Every Day Optimal stand out for two reasons: their fabulous flavor, which reminded our reviewer of “Sour Patch Kids,” and their potency.

The majority of gummies we see are 10mg. We always recommend that new users of CBD start small until they discover their optimal dose, and Every Day Optimal makes gummies in three strengths. CBD won’t make you “feel high,” but it can have side effects like sleepiness.

On the other hand, experienced users of CBD will love these stronger 25mg gummies. They taste great, make dosing easy, and have reliably strong relaxing effects. They seemed to relieve symptoms of anxiety and chronic pain in our review team.

A pile of Every Day Optimal CBD gummies spill from gummy bottle, while another bottle of gummies lies nearby. the cap of a Every Day Optimal CBD gummies, available in 25mg strength, pack potent CBD relief into a delicious sweet & sour candy.

Every Day Optimal CBD gummies, available in 25mg strength, pack potent CBD relief into a delicious sweet & sour candy.

Every Day Optimal paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. We only select the highest-quality CBD products for review on our site. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

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ENJOY ‘CLEAN FARMED’ CBD WITH EVERY DAY OPTIMAL

Every Day Optimal makes all their CBD products from quality ingredients, including “clean farmed,” non-GMO hemp plants grown in the U.S. They use industry-standard CO2 extraction to ensure a final product free from harmful residues. Their popular CBD oil tincture is available in strengths of up to 4000mg per bottle!

We appreciate Every Day Optimal’s commitment to purity and transparency by putting all of their third-party lab results online. All of their products, including Every Day Optimal CBD Oil gummies, are gluten-free. Every Day Optimal is even planning to launch a vegan gummy in the future. We’re looking forward to trying it and we bet it will be hotly in demand!

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  • Highlights: Every Day Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies combine a potent dose of full spectrum hemp extract with a delightful sour gummy flavor.
  • Strength: 25mg per gummy, 30 gummies per 750mg bottle, also available in 10mg and 15mg gummies
  • Price: $59.99 – $89.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard flat rate shipping starts at $4.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: These edibles have an authentic chewy gummy texture and a great sour flavor that almost entirely covers the taste of hemp.
  • Ingredients: Full spectrum hemp extract / CBD oil plus Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Calcium Lactate, Silicone Dioxide

Every Day Optimal uses domestically sourced, non-GMO, pesticide free hemp plants. Every Day Optimal also makes CBD tinctures, capsules, pet products, e-liquid and even a unique CBD gum.

 

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