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All About CBD Tinctures: How To Pick The Right CBD Tincture

CBD tinctures are the most popular way to consume CBD oil right now. From carrier oils to extraction methods, we’ve got tips on picking the right CBD oil for you.

CBD tinctures are the most popular way to consume CBD oil right now.

CBD tinctures typically come in small concentrated bottles of liquid with dropper tops, reminiscent of those from your high school science class. This product type allows you to simply place drops of the tincture under your tongue where the liquid contents are directly absorbed into your bloodstream. The remaining liquid is then swallowed.

CBD tinctures are more potent than other ingestion methods of CBD like softgels and edibles which must first undergo digestion before entering the bloodstream.

Additionally, CBD tinctures are paving the way for healthier, more powerful solutions altogether. While conventional tinctures use alcohol as a solvent or a base, new methods of CBD extraction are being used and tested. This presents you with the cleanest possible CBD tincture.

A collection of CBD tinctures in assorted bottles, decorated with hemp buds. Our guide to CBD tinctures explains how to pick the right supplement for your needs.

Our guide to CBD tinctures explains how to pick the right supplement for your needs.

If you’re interested in purchasing CBD tinctures, here’s what you should look for when researching and reading the labels to make the best choice for you.

CBD TINCTURES VS CBD OIL

Traditionally, a “tincture” was a plant or herb extracted in alcohol. Today, however, when people or companies refer to CBD tinctures, they usually mean CBD hemp extract mixed into a carrier oil to make a nutritional supplement, not actually a product containing alcohol.

The term “CBD tincture” has become popularized over the last several years, and is now used interchangeably with CBD oil. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer for a complete ingredients list.

CBD TINCTURE CONCENTRATION

The amount of CBD contained in the CBD tincture you purchase is the most important detail. The greater the ratio of CBD concentration to liquid or carrier, the more potent the tincture will be overall. This means that you can pack quite the punch in something like a small one to two fluid ounce bottle! (CBD content is measured in milligrams, while the tincture liquid itself is measured in either fluid ounces or in milliliters.)

For those who are new to taking CBD, this works in your favor; you can pick up a small bottle and start out taking just a few milligrams of CBD a day. A CBD tincture, even in the smaller range (around 250mg) will last you quite a while.

Take special care in reading labels, especially the front of bottles, which often use less descriptive vocabulary. While some supplements are labeled as CBD oil, some companies market their tinctures as “Hemp Oil.” Unfortunately, neither label tells you how much CBD content they contain unless you locate the distinct amount of CBD contained in the tincture itself. This should be clearly listed in milligrams (mg) on every bottle.

CBD tinctures will vary in their CBD content. Less potent products house between 200-250mg of CBD per bottle, and more potent products can contain as much as 2,500mg and more. Packaging and labeling can be tricky when purchasing CBD tinctures, but this CBD labeling guide explains more!

ALL ABOUT CARRIER OILS

CBD, like many other health-promoting substances, does not have a long shelf-life on its own. It requires a carrier oil to help stabilize and preserve its healthy components. Don’t worry though, these carrier oils aren’t harmful like artificial preservatives, but actually accentuate the health and potency of CBD Oil. Several common carrier oils include MCT oil derived from coconuts or palm oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil, extra virgin olive oil, frankincense oil, and grapeseed oil.

An overflowing scoop of hemp seeds sits near a bowl of hemp seed oil and two bottles of vegetable oil, along with a hemp leaf. CBD tinctures typically combine hemp extract with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil, MCT oil, or even olive oil.

CBD tinctures typically combine hemp extract with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil, MCT oil, or even olive oil.

The purpose of these oils is exactly as it seems: they carry the positive effects of CBD into the body, allowing for better absorption and use. The reason different companies employ the use of different carrier oils in tinctures is because each carrier contains its own various properties or functions. For example, olive oil can act as an anti-inflammatory agent, however, MCT oil can provide a much more stable shelf life.

DIFFERENT CBD EXTRACTION METHODS

When hemp is fully grown, farmers must harvest the crop and allow processors to extract the CBD content from the plant. There are multiple ways to do this, and not all extraction methods are created equal. Here are just a few types of extraction methods for CBD Tinctures:

Ethanol Extraction

Like a traditional tincture that requires an alcohol-based solvent, ethanol extraction uses a high proof grain alcohol to separate the CBD from the rest of the hemp plant. For those who are sensitive to additives or other substances, we’d advise choosing a product that is not extracted via ethanol. While ethanol extraction is completely safe, it may not be best for sensitive individuals.

CO2 Extraction

CO2 Extraction utilizes carbon dioxide as the primary element to separate the cannabinoids, like CBD, from the other parts of the plant. You can think of this method almost like “boiling off” the beneficial parts of hemp, while leaving behind the rest. Currently, CO2 extraction is one of the most popular methods and is the cleanest method of extraction.

Alternative Extraction Methods

As the CBD industry continues to grow, we will see new methods of extraction rise to the top (no pun intended). Sustainability and stewardship remain a cornerstone of the hemp industry, and creating clean methods of extraction remain a priority. The great news is that as the demand for CBD increases, new avenues of research and testing will pave the way for consumers to receive the best products possible.

GEOGRAPHIC SOURCING OF HEMP

It’s important to know where your hemp products come from. Right now, Colorado and Kentucky are the big players in providing hemp for use in CBD products. We recommend staying away from companies that source hemp from China, and focus more on U.S. grown and extracted CBD products.

A densely packed hemp field in front of a tree-lined hill. Since hemp can absorb toxins from the soil, it's vital to know the source of all ingredients in CBD supplements.

Since hemp can absorb toxins from the soil, it’s vital to know the source of all ingredients in CBD supplements.

This is particularly important because hemp is a bioaccumulator, that is, it is able to absorb toxic chemicals and substances from the soil, acting as a renewing crop to our land. However, hemp that has absorbed toxins or heavy metals from the soil should not be used for health products like CBD tinctures. For this reason, it’s important to know exactly where your hemp is grown.

OTHER INGREDIENTS IN CBD TINCTURES

CBD tinctures often contain other ingredients to help accentuate the therapeutic and health-supporting effects of the cannabidiol. Some of these added ingredients could be:

Terpenes

Terpenes are essential oils that are found in the hemp plant. They act as conductors, bringing together the effects of all the cannabinoids. Terpenes’ job is to make sure that you get the most powerful, long lasting effects out of your CBD Tincture. Like nature’s amplifier, they’ll help the music last for hours.

Cannabinoids Besides CBD

CBD isn’t the only all star player here. Research is being conducted on over 100 different cannabinoids, natural compounds just like CBD, that are found in the cannabis plant. You may see things like CBG, CBN, CBDA, THCA, and more in the CBD Tinctures you purchase. Don’t worry, all these little guys pack a powerful punch and will only enhance your experience.

Additional Oils

Many times you may see hemp companies add multiple carrier oils to a CBD tincture to ensure you are getting the most bioavailable (or absorbable) CBD. Oils that you will see working in tandem with each other are frankincense, olive oil, blackseed, hemp seed, vitamin E, and other antioxidant substances.

ONLY PURCHASE CBD TINCTURES FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE

Ultimately, the best decision you can make is to buy your CBD tinctures from a trusted source. Verified retailers do the hard work for you and only carry third-party tested, premium CBD oil. They also provide all the information you need to know about each CBD product, from CBD concentration and cannabinoid profile, to extraction method, to geographical sourcing. All of this is in efforts to empower you as the consumer. After all, your experience matters the most.

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Pure Relief Pure Hemp Bears: High-Strength, Great Tasting CBD Gummies!

Pure Relief Pure Hemp Bears are one of the strongest and best tasting CBD gummies on the market. We’re excited to share the first video review from our new video producer, Jessica St. Cyr!

Pure Relief Pure Hemp Bears are one of the strongest and best tasting CBD gummies on the market!

Jessica tried Pure Relief‘s delicious Pure Hemp Bears, which pack high-quality, high-strength full spectrum CBD into one tasty little gummy! With 30mg of CBD in each bear, these are one of the strongest CBD gummies out there.

What’s your favorite way to get your CBD? Let us know in the comments.

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We’re excited to share our first review from our new video producer Jessica St. Cyr! Jessica will be exploring hemp products, and sharing hemp news, information, tips and tricks on a regular basis. Got a product you’d like to see reviewed here? Email [email protected].

Pure Relief 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

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CBD Cocktail Recipe With PlusCBD & Ministry of Hemp (VIDEO)

Ministry of Hemp and PlusCBD Oil teamed up with San Diego mixologist Dan Sutherland to create this delicious CBD cocktail recipe. Watch the recipe and get links to more great CBD cocktails!

Ministry of Hemp teamed up with PlusCBD and and San Diego mixologist to offer this great CBD cocktail recipe!

Looking for other CBD cocktail recipes? Check out these favorites from our archives:

Ministry of Hemp and PlusCBD teamed up to bring you this CBD cocktail recipe.

And look for more CBD cocktail recipes coming up next month for Valentine’s Day!

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Innovet PurCBD Provides Reliable Relief To Our Four-Legged Friends

Our reviewer’s pets were excited to get their special treats soaked in Innovet PurCBD every day, and the benefits were just as obvious too. CBD can help pets with anxiety, chronic pain, and the effects of aging.

Innovet PurCBD offered reliable CBD relief to our pets in an almost flavorless full-spectrum supplement.

With the surge in interest in CBD extracts for health, it should come as no surprise that pet owners have also turned to CBD to help their four legged friends.

Innovet is a pet supply company that has taken the plunge into CBD and hemp products for dogs, cats, and horses. Their CBD oil is well packaged, in a blue glass bottle with dropper top. As in CBD products for humans, Innovet’s pet CBD, or PurCBD, is available in an array of strengths, from 125 mg per 30 ml, all the way up to 1500 mg per 30 ml. Most small animal owners will find the 125 mg strength, or the Level 1 oil, perfectly sufficient.

The oil is very lightly scented, which is quite nice for giving to pets. Both dogs and cats have strong senses of smell, and often refuse to take strong-smelling CBD extracts. PurCBD is translucent yellow, very thin and easy to mix into wet foods. The oil base is organic hemp oil, with organic hemp extract added to reach the given strength. Innovet recommends dosing PurCBD at one drop per five pounds of pet.

Two small dogs in a dog bed pose with Innovet PurCBD and another Innovet CBD pet product. Our reviewer's pets, both small dogs and a cat, saw significant benefits from taking Innovet PurCBD every day.

Our reviewer’s pets, both small dogs and a cat, saw significant benefits from taking Innovet PurCBD every day.

Innovet 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on for our full review and to find out how our pets felt about PurCBD.

INNOVET PROVIDES HIGH QUALITY CBD AND HEMP FOR PETS

The Innovet company started in 2005 in Santa Barbara, California. By 2016, Innovet entered the CBD world, becoming one of the first companies to make CBD products especially for pets. Their line of products include hemp treats, CBD oil, hemp pellets for horses, and a hemp balm for dogs with skin conditions.

Our reviewer’s dogs and a cat have been on a regimen of CBD for some months. Changing to Innovet PurCBD caused no negative effects in any of the animals. They all maintained the gains they’d made using other CBD products. While the effects of aging cannot be totally reversed, CBD has made a huge impact for the elderly cat. CBD has returned her to her rightful place, ruling over the entire household as its queen. A range of issues previously plagued the dogs, from anxiety to a bad back, as well as the effects of aging.

Our reviewer’s pets greeted PurCBD with excitement and joy each morning, as they were excited to enjoy their special treats that were soaked in the oil. We did notice that this CBD oil is very thin. This makes it easy to mix PurCBD into wet food for cranky older cats but a bit tricky to soak into dog treats. The lack of strong flavor makes it relatively easy to convince a dog to lick PurCBD right off your fingers, however.

We appreciate Innovet’s attention to detail and quality when it comes to pet products. Third-party lab results for PurCBD are available right on the product page, showing that this supplement has undetectable levels of THC (very important for pet CBD products) and a broad spectrum of cannabinoids.

Innovet PurCBD (Ministry of Hemp Official CBD Review)INNOVET PURCBD OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Innovet PurCBD is an excellent, high-quality CBD extract in hemp oil formulated for dogs, cats, and horses that can improve the quality of many pets’ lives.
  • Strength: 125 mg per 30 ml bottle, also available in 250mg, 750mg and 1500mg for larger animals.
  • Price: $45.00 – $149.99
  • Customer Service and Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $10.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: PurCBD is practically flavorless with a mild grass-like aftertaste. Both dogs and cats seemed to enjoy the taste. This supplement has a thin, oily texture.
  • Ingredients: Organic CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract in Organic Hemp oil.
  • Other: Innovet offers numerous natural products to help your pet feel their best.

Innovet CBD products are made with organic full-spectrum hemp extract sourced in Oregon, and organic hemp oil from the U.K. and Germany.

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Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies Deliver Delicious Relief With A Laugh

Sunday Scaries has a tongue-in-cheek name and story, but their anxiety-busting gummies are no joke. Anxiety is Sunday Scaries’ specific focus, and they do it deliciously.

Do you know what the Sunday Scaries are?

According to the makers of Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies, it’s that feeling a person gets Sunday evening after a weekend of perhaps too much fun as they face the economic and physical realities of a sober, frugal Monday morning.

Sunday Scaries has a tongue-in-cheek name and story, but their anxiety-busting gummies are no joke.

Anxiety is Sunday Scaries’ specific focus, and they do it deliciously. As the name suggests, these gummies are 100 percent vegan, but even non-vegans will enjoy these gummies. They have a soft texture that gives gently and does not stick to the teeth. The sweetness of citrus or cherry flavor is cut nicely with a tart zip. Just the tiniest hint of earthiness and mineral taste from the full spectrum CBD oil and vitamins remains, adding to the taste.

A person in dark clothes with bright yellow nail polish pours Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies into the palm of their hand.

Despite their humorous branding, Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD gummies are a quality CBD product that offered noticeable relief to symptoms of anxiety in our reviewer.

Sunday Scaries 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Keep reading for our complete review of Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies.

SUNDAY SCARIES VEGAN AF CBD GUMMIES FORMULATED FOR ANXIETY RELIEF

Sunday Scaries obviously doesn’t take its branding too seriously. We loved the amusing product names, the hilarious list of causes of the Sunday Scaries (including “Did you rage too hard?”) and their tagline: “Make Life a Little More Chill,”

But Sunday Scaries takes their product very seriously.

Their CBD oil is full spectrum and organic. Free shipping and discounts for people who buy via “subscription” make Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies more affordable. They make a very targeted product line: just CBD tinctures and gummies formulated for anxiety. Sunday Scaries prominently posts their up-to-date third-party lab results verifying the cannabinoid content and quality. This is a must-have to ensure that the CBD oil you use is indeed CBD.

This company’s hemp extract products are specifically designed to tackle anxiety. Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies combine full-spectrum CBD oil with vitamins B12 and D3. Some research links a deficiency of these vitamins to depression and anxiety. While the jury is still out, the the National Institutes of Health called for more studies on the possible links between Vitamin B12Vitamin D and anxiety.

Of course, you can take Sunday Scaries on any day, whenever needed. Anxiety does not restrict itself to any day or hour. The recommended dosage for Sunday Scaries Vegan AF 10mg gummies is 2-3 as needed, but those new to CBD gummies should start small. Every person’s response to CBD oil varies, both based on their personal chemistry and due to differing delivery methods. Sunday Scaries uses nano CBD oil, meaning the extremely small droplets of oil are said to increase the body’s ability to absorb CBD.

We found that Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies offered a noticeable anti-anxiety effect that aided in sleep when our reviewer used the suggested dosage.

Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies (Ministry of Hemp Official CBD Review)SUNDAY SCARIES VEGAN AF GUMMIES OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies are sugar coated, soft, and tasty — and include Vitamins B12 and D.
  • Strength: 10mg of full-spectrum CBD oil with 400 IU Vitamin of D3, 44 mcg of Vitamin B12 per gummy, 20 gummies per bottle.
  • Price: $44.95
  • Special: Use coupon code ministry for 10% off your order.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast (and funny!) customer service. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: These vegan CBD gummies are pleasantly soft, with deliciously tangy citrus fruit flavors that aren’t too sweet or too tangy.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract plus Vitamins D & B12 with Organic Sugar, Corn syrup, Modified Food starch, Marice acid, Citric acid, Natural and Artificial flavors, Natural and Artificial colors.
  • Other: Sunday Scaries offers a generous refund policy for unsatisfied customers.

Sunday Scaries makes their products from organic hemp grown in the U.S. They also make also make non-vegan CBD gummy bears and 100 percent vegan CBD tinctures.

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Fighting Back After Facebook Shuts Down CBD Pages

Facebook shut down dozens of CBD pages during the holidays, wrongly claiming they sold “prescription drugs.” Representatives of Joy Organics waged a successful campaign to get the pages reinstated.

Facebook shut down numerous CBD brand pages in December, claiming they were selling prescription drugs, rather than natural supplements made from legal hemp.

Right before the holidays, Fort Collins, Colorado resident Joy Smith had attempted to log into her CBD products Facebook page for Joy Organics. However, she was surprised to find herself denied access. She contacted her daughter, Hannah Smith — the company’s social media brains — as a means of solving the problem.

However, Hannah found that the Facebook page was officially unpublished and flagged for “promoting the sale of prescription pharmaceuticals.”

Even though CBD supplements are legal, Facebook commonly mistreats representatives of the newly emerging hemp market. In fact, Kit O’Connell, editor in chief at the Ministry, is banned from using Facebook’s ad platform due to his hemp advocacy efforts.

A person logs into Facebook on a cell phone and laptop in a cafe, with a coffee cop and sauce in front of them. After Facebook shut down CBD pages, representatives of Joy Organics forced the social media giant to change its tune.

After Facebook shut down CBD pages, representatives of Joy Organics forced the social media giant to change its tune.

We reached out to Hannah in hopes of finding out more about her experience and what social media platforms such as Facebook will do in order to prevent these false flaggings from happening in the future.

TAKING ACTION AFTER FACEBOOK SHUTS DOWN CBD PAGES

When it all began, Hannah Smith didn’t think too much of it. Her initial inclinations suggested it was all a mistake that Facebook would easily fix through an appeal. Even when Facebook denied their appeal, they remained optimistic.

“Both me and my brother figured we’d just wait it out,” Smith explains.

“We just sent some emails and assumed they’d get on it. We figured they were dealing with a lot since it was the holidays, so, we didn’t think too much of it.”

However, Smith was soon met with a harsh reality: Facebook deliberately took down the page, claiming that it was encouraging prescription medication sales. Hemp-derived CBD oil is widely available over-the-counter as a nutritional supplement, both online and in many brick-and-mortar stores. After learning of Facebook’s real motivations, Smith took action.

“I created a petition as soon as I found out other CBD companies were going through the same thing,” she proclaims. “I thought it would be advantageous for us and the industry as a whole if I made the petition about more than just our Facebook.”

After sharing the petition with other hemp-derived CBD pages which Facebook had shut down, Smith was able to obtain 4,500 signatures. “Everyone was really excited to be doing something. To be taking action.”

FACEBOOK SHUTS DOWN CBD PAGES DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

This shut down had affected about three dozen hemp-derived CBD Facebook pages, both within the United States and across seas in the United Kingdom.

As mentioned, this happened just before the holiday season. Though most of Joy Organics sales are made on-site rather than online, there are CBD companies out there who sell most of their products over the internet. Social media plays a key role in online marketing. Facebook shutting down CBD pages during such a vital period of time could have severely affected sales.

Graphic shows social media app icons on a smartphone screen, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. While shutting down CBD pages was an extreme move, Facebook and other social media services routinely block hemp and CBD brands from their advertising platforms.

While shutting down CBD pages was an extreme move, Facebook and other social media services routinely block hemp and CBD brands from their advertising platforms.

Still, that isn’t to say the shut down didn’t have an impact on Joy Organics. Though their sales remained fine, they weren’t able to connect with their community. As Smith puts it, “it more hurt us in our ability to build credibility.”

Despite restoring their pages, Facebook hasn’t given a satisfactory explanation as to why these shutdowns occurred.

DID FACEBOOK SHUT DOWN CBD PAGES OVER FDA MEMO?

“Now, this is all speculation,” Smith begins.

“But there’s something about this that just doesn’t feel right for me. CBD is — in Facebook’s guidelines — you can’t buy ads on Facebook if you’re selling it. So, they’re aware of what CBD is. There are restrictions for CBD and restrictions for marijuana. So, I’m pretty sure they know the difference between the two.”

With that in mind, Smith finds one aspect of this whole scenario to be truly strange. This all happened right after the Farm Bill went through. During the initial days after hemp was fully legalized, searches for CBD skyrocketed.

“After the farm bill went through, there were so many new people looking for CBD resources,” Smith stresses. “The fact that this happened after the Farm Bill was signed is suspicious to me because it coincides with a huge spark of interest in the CBD industry and CBD products.”

Interestingly, Smith notes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement shortly after the Farm Bill went through claiming CBD is illegal in food products. Some hemp advocates speculate Facebook saw that statement and decided to shutdown CBD pages. Still, Smith doesn’t believe this is the true root of the problem which occurred, especially after Facebook’s history of cracking down on hemp and CBD brands.

We’ll have more coverage of the FDA memo and what it means for CBD in an upcoming article.

WE CAN EXPECT MORE MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT HEMP

It should be expected that problems will continue to come about when it comes to the hemp and CBD industry. The unfortunate truth is the public still has trouble separating hemp from psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”). Many people are still learning about the benefits of CBD.

According to Chavie Lieber, a senior reporter at Vox, “Facebook said it did not believe hemp or CBD companies violated any of these terms, but it did not further explain why its team had removed these pages in the first place.”

Though that may be true, it’s noteworthy to mention Smith had a very difficult time trying to resolve the issue. She could barely find a customer service email to contact.

A hemp bud, and two bottles of CBD oil sit on a wooden tabletop. Unfortunately, CBD and hemp brands will continue to face problems online until the stigma around the plant disappears.

Unfortunately, CBD and hemp brands will continue to face problems online until the stigma around the plant disappears.

“Facebook has a lot of places for people to go to prevent them from contacting customer service; forums and FAQs and stuff like that,” Smith explains.

Luckily, Joy Organics hasn’t seen any similar problems on other social media platforms.

At the end of the day, the hemp industry should expect more barriers. It’s going to take time for the public to understand what CBD and hemp truly are and the benefits they offer society.

Until then, Smith remains optimistic. “We hope when the laws change, the stigma will change.”

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The Benefits of CBD for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens, in particular, have become a loyal base for CBD products as they have begun to trade their conventional medications for naturally-derived CBD. But, what exactly is CBD?

CBD is currently one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States because of products like CBD infused oils and edibles which can deliver remarkable benefits to users of all ages and backgrounds. Senior citizens, in particular, have become a loyal base for CBD products as they have begun to trade their conventional medications for naturally-derived CBD.

But, what exactly is CBD? And why are senior citizens turning to this hemp-derived product?

THE STATUS OF CBD IN 2019

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound found in hemp. Despite its close relation to psychoactive cannabis (better known as “marijuana”), hemp and hemp-derived products don’t make you “feel high.” As a result, hemp-derived CBD is legal in the United States. With the recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD products can now be purchased in stores or online nationwide.

A woman and man, a senior citizen couple, sit outside their home. He has his arm around her.

CBD offers numerous benefits for senior citizens, from reducing inflammation to easing anxiety.

CBD OIL BENEFITS

Research suggests CBD can have an extensive array of health benefits as a result of its natural analgesic properties. Over time, CBD can help promote wellness by interacting with endocannabinoid receptors located throughout our immune and nervous systems. Among many things, endocannabinoid receptors are responsible for regulating vital biological functions such as pain sensitivity, sleep cycles, and anxiety levels.

Here are some reasons CBD has become such a popular supplement for senior citizens:

Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety disorders are often more common and severe in older adults. There are many triggers that manifest as they get older. In many cases, anxiety disorders in the elderly can turn into more serious conditions like chronic panic attacks and depression.

When it comes to our mental health, studies suggest CBD can be particularly beneficial because of its ability to boost levels of the neurotransmitter anandamide. Anandamide promotes feelings related to happiness and relaxation; however, in many individuals, anandamide is rapidly degraded by the enzyme FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase). CBD inhibits FAAH enzymes slowing down the degradation process of anandamide and allowing it to stay longer in our systems.

A woman opens a packet of CBD tea to pour it into a tea cup. Some benefits of CBD for the elderly include reducing pain and symptoms of stress.

Some benefits of CBD for the elderly include reducing pain and symptoms of stress. (Photo: Green Roads)

There is also conclusive evidence that CBD helps activate the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor. Serotonin receptors play an important role in mental health as they modulate anxiety and mood which is why serotonin receptors are usually the primary target of antidepressant medications.

Fitness and Mobility

Muscle and joint pain can drastically change the everyday routine and overall lifestyle of people as they get older. Simple tasks like playing with grandchildren, walking the dogs, or going for a swim may be difficult to enjoy due to excruciating chronic pain in the back, hips, and other parts of the body. Over time, limited mobility can influence our sense of independence and lead to severe consequences for our physical endurance and immune functions.

Because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil for pain can be an effective treatment for pain and physical discomfort. When it interacts with our nervous system, CBD helps generate pain-resisting responses from cells, thus increasing our pain threshold. That is why professional athletes, like UFC champion TJ Dillashaw, are using CBD to aid them in their daily workout routines for recovery purposes. Whether you are looking to stay committed to an exercise regimen or just trying to spend more time playing with your grandchildren, a daily dose of CBD oil for pain can help you stay active and independent well into your golden years.

Better Sleeping Patterns

Another common reason seniors are adding CBD products to their daily routine is to balance their sleep and wake cycles. As we age, medical conditions and common sleep disorders can prevent us from getting quality sleep at night. In the long run, lack of sleep in older adults can lead to serious medical conditions such as heart disease and significant weight gain.

A woman takes Green Roads Relax Bears gummies from a jar. CBD can offer numerous improvements to quality of life, like promoting better sleep and reducing inflammation.

CBD can offer numerous improvements to quality of life, like promoting better sleep and reducing inflammation. (Photo: Green Roads)

Because CBD can reduce anxiety and pain, thousands of users across the country choose to use CBD as a nighttime sleep aid. Some CBD products for sleep even contain melatonin which is the hormone responsible for regulating sleep in humans. A nightly dose of CBD and melatonin can be particularly successful for patients with recurring sleep problems as their combined effects produce a relaxing and calming effect that can improve overall quality and quantity of sleep.

A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

Probably the most important reason CBD has become a popular alternative for seniors is that it produces no significant side effects and is non-addictive as opposed to many pharmaceutical drugs. CBD also gives users a wider range of options as it can be found in a wide variety of forms such as CBD oils, CBD  edibles, and even CBD coffee.

If you are over the age of 50, CBD can prove to be an excellent ally for your health and wellness needs. If you are considering CBD for your daily routine, make sure extracts are obtained from industrial hemp grown in the United States. Most importantly, look for CBD products formulated by licensed pharmacists and tested by independent labs to ensure they meet all industry standards and regulations.

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Palm Organix CBD Tincture Relieves Stress, Pain & Restlessness

Palm Organix CBD Tincture offered our reviewer fast-acting relief to symptoms of stress and anxiety, plus minor aches. Their products use only organic, domestically-produced ingredients.

Palm Organix CBD Tincture is an all-natural supplement that aids relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, and eases symptoms of insomnia.

We tried the 500mg CBD tincture from Palm Organix. This product tastes quite refreshing thanks to its mint flavor and it’s fast acting too. The mint flavor is subtle and not overpowering. Instructions on the bottle suggested filling the dropper with Palm Organix CBD tincture, holding the drops under the tongue for up to 2 minutes (the longer it’s held, the better the absorption), swishing, and then swallowing.

Within the first 30 minutes our reviewer reported feeling muscle tension dissipate. Symptoms of stress and anxiety also began to decrease. Although this CBD didn’t make us feel drowsy, we noticed that Palm Organix CBD tincture aided in sleeping well throughout the night.

The product is aesthetically pleasing in design. The bottle has a clean and professional looking appearance. Palm Organix CBD Tincture delivered what we needed most from CBD: relief from stress, minor pain, and restlessness.

A bottle of Palm Organix CBD tincture in mint flavor against an illustrated background of whirling mint leaves and starry green swirls.

Palm Organix CBD tincture offered our reviewer fast relief with a refreshing mint taste.

Palm Organix 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Keep reading to learn more about Palm Organix and see our complete review of their CBD tincture.

PALM ORGANIX: PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE CBD IN MULTIPLE FLAVORS & STRENGTHS

Palm Organix CBD Tincture comes in a variety of strengths, including 250 mg and 1000 mg, although we reviewed their 500mg strength. Ministry of Hemp always recommends new users of CBD start with a smaller dose, while experienced CBD consumers will enjoy the 1000mg tincture.

We appreciate that Palm Organix makes their CBD products from organically grown hemp oil. They use just a few simple ingredients in all their offerings. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Palm Organix prides themselves on being a premium brand that meets high standards of quality.

We like that their tincture is clearly labeled and that they work with a pharmaceutical scientist to craft their CBD oil products specifically to their client’s needs. Their website is also super user friendly, easy to navigate, and attractive which makes shopping online a breeze. We also like that third-party lab results are easy to find.

Additionally, all Palm Organix products meet 12 criteria for quality. These include ensuring that every product is made without pesticides, is full spectrum, gluten free, and made from only organic, non-GMO, pharmaceutical grade ingredients sourced in the United States. They also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning that if you’re unhappy with the product they will offer a full refund on return.

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  • Highlights: Palm Organix CBD Tincture is a refreshing, easy-to-use and fast-acting supplement that aids in relaxation and pain/stress relief.
  • Strength: 500mg per 30ml, also  in 250mg and 1000mg strengths
  • Price: $59.95 satisfaction guarantee
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Great, customer-oriented service. Palm Organix offers quick, free standard shipping on all orders.
  • Lab Results: Online.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract plus Hemp oil, Hemp Seed oil, Grape Seed oil, Peppermint oil for flavor and Stevia
  • Other: Palm Organix CBD Tincture is also available in orange flavor. They offer a generous 30-day guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

Palm Organix makes all their products with organically-grown Colorado hemp. They also make CBD softgels and a great-smelling CBD salve!

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Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit Tincture Mixes Full Spectrum With Fruity Flavor

Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit CBD Tincture has a crisp, fresh fruit taste that delighted our taste buds. This supplement is perfect for adding to tea or CBD cocktails.

Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit CBD Tincture has a crisp, fresh fruit taste that delighted our taste buds.

Savage CBD makes a strong, full-spectrum extract that doesn’t taste at all of hemp. Instead, all you get is the flavor of grapefruit, like you just squeezed it out in a juicer. While the flavor is mild, it’s distinctive in a way that stands out from other CBD supplements.

This CBD supplement makes a refreshing addition to tea or juice and it’s great for CBD cocktails. Of course, it also tastes wonderful applied directly under the tongue too, making Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit CBD Tincture a good choice for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of hemp, or anyone looking for something different in their CBD.

Available in several strengths, Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit CBD Tincture starts at 1000mg per 30mg bottle. This is a higher strength CBD extract, and we always recommend newcomers to CBD start off with a small dose. As a result, this bottle could last you quite a while.

A bottle of Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit CBD Tincture, with accompanying box, sits on a cutting board while a cup of tea is poured into an nearby mug. With its fresh fruit taste, Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit Tincture makes a great addition to tea and CBD cocktails.

With its fresh fruit taste, Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit Tincture makes a great addition to tea and CBD cocktails.

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Read on to learn more about Savage CBD and their delicious CBD products.

SAVAGE CBD WANTS EVERYONE TO TRY CANNABIDIOL

Savage CBD wants to help a million people experience the benefits of CBD. In order to make this great supplement more accessible to more people, they focus on top-quality, pure and natural ingredients and rigorous quality testing. We appreciate their commitment to transparency, with third-party lab results for all their products available right from the website.

Our reviewer also appreciated the packaging of Savage CBD Pink Grapefruit CBD Tincture, which has a fun “retro” feel. The dropper seems to be high-quality too, with clear markings up to 1ml, so it’s easy to measure how much CBD you are taking. We also enjoyed sampling Savage CBD’s vape cartridges, which tasted just as good as their CBD oil.

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  • Highlights: Savage CBD Pink Graprefruit CBD Tincture brings strong full-spectrum hemp extract together with fresh-tasting essential oils for a winning combination.
  • Strength: 1000 mg per 30ml bottle, also available in 1500mg and 2000mg strengths
  • Price: $109.99 – 149.99
  • Special: Use coupon code MH15 for 15% off your first order from Savage CBD.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on all U.S. orders.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: This CBD tincture has a mild but distinct flavor of fresh grapefruit that completely covers any taste of hemp. This supplement has a light, non-oily mouthfeel.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract plus added Terpenes in MCT (Coconut-based) oil, Hemp Seed oil, and Essential oils.
  • Other: Also available in lemon-lime flavor. Savage CBD offers a discount to military service members.

Savage CBD uses hemp grown in California in their products. They also make delicious CBD vape cartridges, CBD e-juice, a topical CBD lotion and a CBD pet spray.

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Terpenes: Everything You Need to Know About These Scented Wonders

Terpenes give hemp and cannabis, along with many other plants from citrus fruits to lavender, their unique scents. They offer unique benefits too, especially paired with cannabinoids like CBD and THC.

Terpenes are natural compounds found in all forms of hemp and cannabis that give the plant its bouquet of smells.

In addition, terpenes work in concert with the better known compounds found in the plant such as the cannabinoids THC and CBD to provide their own unique health benefits.

One reason we enjoy writing about hemp is the opportunity to learn new cannabinoid science and then get to share it with our readers. We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, there really is so much more to the cannabis plant than just CBD and THC.

Of course, both of these two cannabinoids, along with the other hundred or so cannabinoids, are instrumental in the healing and feel better properties of the cannabis plant. But increasingly researchers believe other parts of the hemp plant work synergistically with the cannabinoids to maximize the healing properties, Today’s article focuses on one of those parts: terpenes. While all forms of hemp contain terpenes, some are especially prevalent in psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”), which we’ve noted below.

WHAT ARE TERPENES?

Cannabis isn’t the only plant that produces terpenes. According to Wikipedia, terpenes “are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants, particularly conifers.” Terpenes give these plants their unique scents and assist plants in a variety of ways.

Terpenes attract pollenating insects for plant reproduction. They also ward off or even kill predators. They slow plant maturation and regulate metabolism. Terpenes are a major component of plants’ essential oils. Aromatherapy treatments frequently use terpenes due to their medicinal properties. Some terpenes develop because of stress to a plant, like excessive heat.

The exact number of terpenes found in the cannabis plant ranges between 100-200 depending on different variations in scientific classification.

A woman smells a lemon from her refrigerator. Limonene is a terpene that creates the unique smell of citrus fruits.

Limonene is a terpene that creates the unique smell of citrus fruits.

For example, the popular terpene limonene gives citrus fruits their unique smells. It is found in both lemons and oranges, but in different concentrations thus creating a different scent, or variations.

Here we discuss nine primary terpenes found in hemp and share the healing properties of each.

DIFFERENT TERPENES EXPLAINED

Below, we look at 9 of the most prominent terpenes: mycerne, limonene, carophyllene, pinene (Alpha/Beta), terpineol, borneol, linalool, eucalyptol, and nerolidol.

Mycerne

Mycerne is the most common terpene found in hemp. In some strains, over 60% of the essential oil is made up of mycerne. It smells very similar to cloves. Scientists consider myrcene a potent analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic.

Mycerne blocks cytochrome, aflatoxin B, and other pro-mutagenic carcinogens. It has a relaxing, calming, anti-spasmodic, and sedative effect. Myrcene works synergistically with THC and may also increase the psychoactive potential.

The essential oil of  citrus fruits contains high levels of myrcene. Many claim that eating a mango 45 minutes before consuming psychoactive cannabis results in a faster onset and greater intensity.

Limonene

Limonene is often the second, third or fourth terpene found in cannabis resin and produces the smell we find in citrus fruits. Like mycerne, limonene contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also said to protect against Aspergillus and other carcinogens found in smoke.

Even more, a cancer study from 2013 revealed that terpene reduces tumors in women with early-stage breast cancer. Limonene quickly and easily penetrates the blood barrier, which increases systolic pressure. What’s more, some experts say limonene increases attention, mental focus, well-being, and sex drive.

Citrus fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint, and several pine needle oils all contain limonene.

Caryophyllene

Many herbs and spices contain caryophyllene. Black pepper contains high amounts, giving it that spicy flavor.

As with the previous two terpenes, caryophyllene has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-fungal properties. It has affinity for our bodies’ CB2 receptors making it a common ingredient for anti-inflammatory topicals and creams. Topical application of caryophyllene also relieves toothaches.

A cluster of peppercorns.

The terpene Caryophyllene gives black pepper its spicy scent. It also has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

One interesting note about this terpene is its promising role in alcohol rehabilitation. In a study on mice, scientists found that caryophyllene reduces the voluntary intake of alcohol.

In addition to black pepper, Thai basils, cloves, and cinnamon leaves have caryophyllene. Lavender also produces caryophyllene in small quantities.

Pinene

Pinene, as the name implies, creates the smell associated with pine and fir trees. Doctors use pinene in medicines as an expectorant, bronchodilator, anti-inflammatory and local antiseptic. Pinene also improves concentration, personal satisfaction, and energy. Patients suffering from arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and cancer may benefit from pinene.

A unique fact about pinene: Smoking cannabis with high levels of Pinene may give the sensation of sucking more air, which can lead to coughing or hyperventilation.

Many conifers and non-coniferous plants, balsamic resin, pinewoods, and some citrus fruits produce pinene.

Terpineol

Terpineol smells of lilacs, crabapple, blossoms, and lime blossoms. Plants with high-levels of pinene often also produce terpineol. If you’ve ever enjoyed Lapsang souchong tea, part of the flavor came from the terpineol in the pine smoke used during processing.

Terpineol creates a sedative effect often connected to indica strains of psychoactive cannabis. During tests on mice, terpineol reduced mobility by 45 percent. Experts also believe terpineol has antibiotic and antioxidant properties.

Commercial producers of terpineol often derive this terpene from Monterey cypress trees.

Borneol

Borneol smells like mint and camphor. Chinese herbalists use borneol in medicines against fatigue, stress, lingering illness.

Some researchers believe this terpene’s natural insect repellent properties and could be used against diseases caused by ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus. One study published even show that borneol kills breast cancer cells.

Linalool

Linalool has a floral smell similar to lavender and spring flowers. It is currently being used in the treatment of various cancers.

Linalool has a calming action, antianxiety, and produces sedative effects. Linalool is responsible for the sedative effects of certain psychoactive cannabis strains. In tests on mice their activity decreased by 75%. It also has analgesic and anti-epileptic properties.

A mug of peppermint tea on a saucer, garnished with fresh mint leaves. Often found in hemp and cannabis, the mint family of plants also produces the terpene

Often found in hemp and cannabis, the mint family of plants also produces the terpene linalool.

Patients suffering from arthritis, depression, seizures, insomnia and cancer have all found relief with this terpene.

The Lamiaceae plant and herb family, which includes mints, laurels, cinnamon, rosewood, and Birch trees, all produce linalool. Linalool is a precursor in the formation of Vitamin E.

Eucalyptol

Eucalyptol is the main ingredient in eucalyptus essential oil. It has a minty smell and found in small amounts in psychoactive cannabis.

Eucalyptol relieves pain, improves concentration, and inner balance. Plants containing eucalyptol enhance meditation and concentration. It is showing promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, but it’s still in early stages of research.

The Eucalyptus plant, bay leaves, sage, sweet basil, and cardamom contain notable quantities of eucalyptol.

Nerolidol

Nerolidol has a unique woody and fresh bark aroma. Nerolidol contains anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-malarial properties. It may prevent certain kinds of parasites.

Neroli, ginger, jasmine, lavender, and tea tree oil contain nerolidol.

UNDERSTANDING AND USING TERPENES

Again, these are just some of the most common terpenes found in hemp and cannabis. There are many more. These profiles were summarized from Alchimia and Greencamp, where you you can read more on terpenes.

After reading this article, we hope you understand how the benefits of terpenes and pair so perfectly with the benefits of CBD, and all the other cannabinoids. We hope you start incorporating them into your daily CBD regimen.

Bees pollinate from a field of lavender. If you can't find the terpenes you want in your hemp supplements, you may be able to supplement by adding other natural plants like lavender, which is high in nerolidol.

If you can’t find the terpenes you want in your hemp supplements, you may be able to supplement by adding other natural plants like lavender, which is high in nerolidol.

More and more CBD supplement companies recognize the importance of terpenes and now add different terpenes to their products to supplement those already found in hemp. Some brands even sell terpene concentrates for customers to incorporate on their own.

However, if you’re unable to find the terpenes you want through your local CBD store or online, try looking to a non-cannabis plant type or spice and simply combine with your CBD.  You might not achieve the same synergistic effect as when the terpenes are naturally present, but you should still receive the healing properties of the terpenes themselves and the healing properties of the CBD.

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