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Is CBD Beer The Ultimate Way To Relax? Behind The Groundbreaking UK CBD Beer

There are few things in life more relaxing than a cold beer after a hard day at work. Now, what if you infuse that beer with the soothing properties of premium CBD?

A new CBD beer is exciting taste buds even as it promotes relaxation.

There are few things in life more relaxing than a cold beer after a hard day at work. Now, what if you infuse that beer with the soothing properties of premium CBD? That’s precisely the idea that friends Carl Boon and Thierry Florit had one evening over a few drinks, which ultimately led to the creation of one of the UK’s first CBD beers.

A close up of the Green Times "High Flyer" CBD beer label on a wooden table. Green Times unique CBD beer combines a delicious light ale with the relaxing power of full spectrum CBD oil.

Green Times unique CBD beer combines a delicious light ale with the relaxing power of full spectrum CBD oil.

The result is High Flyer: an India pale ale (IPA) craft beer with a 4.3% ABV and containing 10mg of high-quality CBD in each bottle. Its evolution was far from simple. The two business partners overcame numerous development and legal hurdles along the way.

Editor’s Note: U.S. regulations currently prevent the national distribution of CBD-infused alcoholic beverages. We were especially excited to hear about this new offering in the UK and hope American laws and policies change in the near future. — KO

THE INSPIRED COMBINATION OF CBD AND BEER

Boon runs the successful online CBD company CBDUltra, while Florit is an experienced designer for many major brands. We spoke with them about the long process of turning a booze-soaked idea into a physical product on sale in shops and pubs.

“The idea first came about during a late-night beer tasting session when Carl joked about making a craft beer infused with cannabis oil — essentially a drink that adds nutrients back into the body, rather than just taking them away,” Florit told us, with a laugh.

Like all good ideas, the duo kept returning to it and soon decided to take it seriously.  A few weeks later they set up Green Times Brewing as an official company and sourced a unique water-soluble, full-spectrum CBD. Turning to one of Boon’s colleagues, an award-winning brewer, they then underwent the long, but no doubt enjoyable, process of fine-tuning the formula.

“After a year of conducting trials and taste tests, we eventually got the formula and taste profile right,” said Florit. “And came up with with a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes and exotic flavours, resulting in an easy-to-drink IPA with a powerful hop hit and refreshing citrus aftertaste.”

THE LONG PROCESS OF DEVELOPING CBD BEER

As you’d expect, specific details about the CBD beer development process have to remain confidential due to the competitive nature of the market.

“We spent a lot of time testing and trialling so we wouldn’t want to give away all of our secrets,” said Boon.

“The actual production process is exclusive to us, along with the water-soluble CBD. But what we can say is that we work with an award-winning London brewery and follow a traditional brewing method using organic malts and hops. And of course the full spectrum cannabis oil extract, which is also fully organic.”

When it came to the legal side of things, Boon;’s experience in the CBD industry proved invaluable.

“Carl has an excellent knowledge of the regulations regarding the commercialisation of CBD products, though we did have to check with a specialised law firm and all the various UK governmental food and drinks organisations regarding the legalities, to make sure there wouldn’t be any issues when going to market,” Florit said.

This includes ensuring the product contains less than 0.2 percent THC and emphasising on the label that “It won’t get you ‘high’”.

Two bottles of "High Flyer" CBD Beer sit on a table in front of a worn bamboo backdrop. Brief initial setbacks led the team behind "High Flyer," a unique CBD beer, to develop a better product including a fully organic formula.

Brief initial setbacks led the team behind “High Flyer,” a unique CBD beer, to develop a better product including a fully organic formula.

Ironically, considering the stringent restrictions on CBD and cannabis-derived products in UK, the main legal issue came from a very different source.

“We had a problem with the original name, Cloud Nine Brewing. Just as it was ready to go to market it was blocked because it was similar to a wine company in New Zealand,” said Florit.

INITIAL SETBACKS LED TO SUCCESSFUL ORGANIC CBD BEER FORMULA

Undeterred, they used this setback to improve the product. “We re-brewed, rebranded, re-bottled and returned with a new company name. Plus we improved the formula to make it totally organic.”

However, UK laws do have an impact on how CBD is marketed, meaning Boon and Florit have to be careful what they say when promoting the beer.

“Personally, I have been using CBD for some time now,” said Boon. “Mainly for stress relief, to keep zen and for general mental well being — and drinking this beer gives me a real sense of relaxation. But despite all the talk about the potential health benefits of CBD, it is classified as a food supplement so we can’t recommend it for any specific health conditions.”

Anecdotal reports tell a different story, and one that might appeal to those keen to avoid the dreaded morning-after-the-night-before.

“Due to the organic ingredients, fresh hops and cannabinoids, we’ve had customers say that they don’t get hangovers from drinking this,” Boon continued, adding, “But you’ll have to test that for yourself.”

Indeed, these customers may include some famous names considering some of the clients who buy from CBDultra.

Goldie the drum and bass DJ is an avid fan,” noted Boon. “He uses it to deal with anxiety and hypertension. Another customer using our CBD oil has now come off seventeen different prescription painkillers — he did a YouTube video talking about it and it’s had over 2 million hits already!”

THE FUTURE OF CBD BEER? THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

The pair have big plans for the future. Following a November launch in Manchester, they have many stockists lined up across the country and deal with constant requests from a public who are becoming more educated about CBD, and keen to try it in all its forms.

“People are continually asking every day where they can get it,” said Boon. “So the more distributors and stockists we can get on board the better.”

“With regards to markets, we are currently focusing on distributing to the UK, but we may consider exporting across Europe and other parts of the world as more and more countries change their laws on cannabis use.”

A pale, foamy beer in a glass sits next to a capped brown beer bottle chilling in a small pile of ice. The success of the UK's first CBD beer is likely to lead to more CBD-infused brews in the near future.

The success of the UK’s first CBD beer is likely to lead to more CBD-infused brews in the near future.

Expanding the range seems likely too.

“More beers indeed!” Florit said. “We’re looking at a gluten-free version, along with a vegan-friendly High Flyer ale. I’ve always been a huge fan of the German-style wheat beers and Carl loves Indian Pale Ales so let’s see who wins the argument!”

Certainly in the UK, beer is up there as our national drink, alongside tea (which you can also find at CBDultra). That explains the excitement around this brew in both the British press and among the public.

Boon agreed. “We’re genuinely enhancing one of the nation’s favourite drinks, so it’s going to be here to stay!”

After tasting the beer — it’s a delicious light ale, with a satisfying kick from the sativa-derived terpenes — it’s hard to disagree. And considering both beer and CBD are two of the world’s oldest relaxation tools, the only question is why hasn’t this combination happened before?

Thanks to two friends sharing a few drinks and sparking an idea, now we know how tasty CBD beer can be.

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Top CBD Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals Of 2018: Big Holiday Savings On CBD Oil

Want to save some money on our favorite supplement? Ministry of Hemp partnered with 9 of our favorite CBD brands to bring you great Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals.

Want to save some money on our favorite supplement? These Black Friday CBD deals are for you!

It’s no secret, we love CBD oil year round. CBD helps us feel more balanced and healthier in our everyday lives.

However, we think CBD oil is especially valuable during the holidays. While everyone reacts differently, there’s growing scientific evidence that CBD can ease the symptoms of anxiety, reduce inflammation and combat pain. During these busy, high-stress days, we could all use a little help to stay relaxed.

While many brands are offering sales, we’ve partnered with 9 of our favorite CBD producers to offer you special deals. All of these companies offer top-quality reliable CBD oil that we’ve personally tried and enjoyed. Our special Black Friday CBD deals are the perfect opportunity to restock, try a new variety, or gift a friend or loved one with CBD.

A woman drinks a cup of tea as she shops online with a laptop. A notebook is open in front of the keyboard. Ministry of Hemp partnered with our favorite brands to bring you great Black Friday CBD deals, so you can restock, try new products, and share CBD with your loved ones.

Ministry of Hemp partnered with our favorite brands to bring you great Black Friday CBD deals, so you can restock, try new products, and share CBD with your loved ones.

Do you love other forms of hemp too? Come back tomorrow for our 2018 Hemp Black Friday Guide, and more great holiday content coming soon.

TOP CBD BLACK FRIDAY DEALS OF 2018

Below, you’ll find coupons or special sales from 9 of our favorite brands of CBD. We’ve provided everything you need to take advantage of these great Black Friday CBD sales.

Click below to jump to a brand, or read on to see all the Black Friday CBD deals. These brands are listed in a random order, because we love them all:

Medterra (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Medterra

  • What’s the deal? Buy any full-price Medterra product and get another of that same product for free!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BOGO at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is only available on two days: Black Friday (November 23, 2018) and Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Medterra makes all their products from hemp grown in Kentucky. Their MedOil CBD Tincture and Medterra CBD Gel Capsules are among our favorite CBD products.

Bota Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Bota Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 35% off all Bota Hemp products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MH35HOLIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Bota Hemp uses only non-GMO, pesticide free hemp grown in Colorado. While we’re fans of all their products, our review team particularly loved the delicious flavor and potent effects of Bota Hemp CBD Tincture.

Hemp Bombs (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Hemp Bombs

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off all Hemp Bombs products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOH30 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Hemp Bombs prides themselves on sourcing and importing only the highest grade of organic-certified European hemp. We love all of HempBombs products, especially their sweet and sour Hemp Bombs CBD Gummies.

PhytoLogica (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

PhytoLogica

  • What’s the deal? Get 40% off all PhytoLogica products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

PhytoLogica uses only organically-grown U.S. hemp in all their products. Among their great product line, we’re big fans of PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Balm and their PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Softgels.

Populum (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Populum

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off Populum products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code ORANGEFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Populum’s products are made from Colorado hemp. We’re big fans of Populum, including Populum Cold Therapy Hemp Rub and Populum Premium Hemp Oil.

NuLeaf Naturals (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

NuLeaf Naturals

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off all NuLeaf Naturals products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

NuLeaf Naturals grows their hemp in Colorado, and prides themselves on offering simple products without unnecessary added ingredients. NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum CBD Oil is one of our favorite tinctures.

Elixinol (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Elixinol

  • What’s the deal? Buy any full-price Elixinol product and get another of that same product for free!
  • Do I need a coupon code? No. Buy one, get one free deal is automatically applied at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Elixinol sources their hemp from high-quality farmers in the U.S., Europe and Australia. We’re especially big fans of Elixinol Respira CBD Oil, which can be taken orally or used in a vape pen, and Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules.

PlusCBD Oil (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

PlusCBD Oil

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all PlusCBD Oil products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOH20 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

PlusCBD Oil products are made from high-quality non-GMO hemp grown in Europe. We love their convenient and effective PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels and their delicious PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray.

cbdMD (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

cbdMD

  • What’s the deal? Spend at least $29.99 on cbdMD products and get a 15% discount plus a free bottle of CBD tincture!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MHFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal begins the day before Black Friday (November 22, 2018) and lasts through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

cbdMD uses hemp grown in Kentucky under a rigorous testing and quality-control process. cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules are one our favorite CBD capsules on the market.

 

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Best CBD Capsules & Softgels Of 2018: Reviews Of The Top CBD Capsules Online

In this article, we help you select the best CBD capsules and softgels available for sale online. After careful review, we’ve selected the top 14 brands of CBD capsules.

In this article, we help you select the best CBD capsules and softgels available for sale online.

While there are hundreds of CBD products on the market, they’re not all created equal. Not all brands use high quality CBD or are accurately labeled. Even among the top CBD capsules, there’s variation in strength and whether they include additional ingredients.

All this makes it confusing to choose the right CBD product. That’s where Ministry of Hemp can help: by picking the top CBD brands and helping you understanding the difference between these products. We’ll lay out some important considerations when it comes to choosing CBD capsules and softgels, and then share our favorites.

Just as with our guide to the best CBD tinctures, published earlier this year, we’ve focused on the best quality products in addition to those that are among the most popular. Read on to see our complete reviews of the 14 best CBD capsules and softgels and learn more about which one might be right for you.

HOW AND WHY TO TAKE CBD CAPSULES & SOFTGELS

CBD capsules or softgels can be a convenient way to take this popular supplement. There’s no need to taste the hemp, and you avoid the sugar found in edibles like CBD gummies. Taking a capsule can be very discreet as well, since most of these capsules simply look like any other over-the-counter supplement or vitamin.

Everyone reacts differently to cannabidiol, and it is possible for people to have side effects from CBD too. It’s also common for people to react differently to taking CBD in different forms, so you might feel differently after taking capsules versus swallowing CBD oil or vaping CBD. That means you may want to start with a lower dosage when trying a new way of ingesting CBD for the first time.

A closeup of a woman's face as she ingests a softgel capsule. Ministry of Hemp selected the 14 best CBD capsules and softgels available online, and helps you select the right one for your needs.

With so many CBD products on the market, how can you select the best CBD capsules for your needs?

We looked at some research into whether softgels or traditional capsules are more effective. Scientists don’t seem to have a definitive answer. As with many different products, it will come down to personal preference and how your body reacts.

HOW TO PICK THE BEST CBD CAPSULES FOR YOU

How do you know what brand to buy? Even though we’ve selected only high-quality CBD capsules in this article, you might not know where to begin.

The first consideration when choosing a capsule is dosage. Most CBD capsules and softgels come in doses between 10mg to 25mg. We always recommend starting small and slowly working up until you find a dose and regimen that works for you.

Another consideration is whether you want to take a supplement with additional ingredients. While most of the products we’ve selected contain only full spectrum hemp extract, a few have additional ingredients that may have their own effects or benefits, as we’ve clearly noted.

Finally, most of these CBD capsules contain full spectrum hemp extract. Full spectrum means more of the natural compounds found in the hemp plant are preserved in the final product. Some preliminary research indicates that full spectrum extracts are more effective than “isolates,” or CBD alone. Anecdotal reports are divided, with some consumers preferring full spectrum and others reporting they don’t feel much difference.

There are many other factors that might matter to you as a discerning buyer of CBD, so we’ve included important information about each brand, with links for you to do your own research as well. The CBD oil market is growing fast, and we’ve inevitably left some great brands off this list. In the end, even some brands we love couldn’t make it into this article. The same criteria we outline below should help you select quality CBD brands even if they weren’t on this list.

OUR REVIEW CRITERIA: HOW WE SELECT THE TOP CBD CAPSULES AND SOFTGELS

We focused on the most popular CBD brands, along with promising newcomers. All have well-designed websites, and fast, reliable customer service. We want it to be easy for you to get more information.

We believe transparency is vital, especially for CBD and cannabinoids. All products are clearly labeled in terms of strength and additional ingredients. We also favored brands which are clear about the source of their hemp, and the methods they use to produce their products.

A cluster of softgel capsules, with one set apart in front of the others. Ministry of Hemp selected the best CBD capsules and softgels available online and helps you pick the right CBD capsule for you.

In this article, Ministry of Hemp selected the top CBD capsules and softgels and helps you pick the right brand for your needs.

We only selected brands which make third-party lab results available. Results are accessible online or by request from customer service. Each company offers lab results showing levels of cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Some offer additional tests. The more information the better but, we admit, it isn’t always easy for new shoppers to interpret these results.

After careful consideration, we believe these are the top CBD capsules and softgels. These brands are not ranked in any particular order:

Click above or continue reading for our complete review of each brand.

Ministry of Hemp received free products from these companies in return for writing this review. We may receive a percentage of sales if you buy products from some of the links below. We only selected the best CBD oil capsules and softgels for inclusion in this top product roundup, and we always promise to give you our honest opinion.

OFFICIAL REVIEWS: THE BEST CBD CAPSULES AVAILABLE ONLINE

PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels

  • Highlights: One of the most popular and widely available CBD brands, PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels are fast-absorbing, potent and easy to digest.
  • Strength: 15mg per softgel, available in bottles of 10, 30 & 60 softgels
  • Price: $49.95 for 30 softgels
  • Special: Use coupon code MOH for 15% off PlusCBD Oil products sitewide.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Gluten free and vegetarian formula. Uses olive oil as a base for easy digestibility.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Extra Virgin Olive oil, Vegetarian softgel (Vegetable cellulose, Water) & Silica
  • Other: PlusCBD Oil also offers traditional CBD capsules and a special “raw formula” softgel

PlusCBD Oil products are made from high-quality non-GMO hemp grown in Europe. We’re fans of PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray in our morning coffee.

Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil Softgels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil Softgels

  • Highlights: Made from organic, Colorado-grown hemp, Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil Softgels are a favorite of our friends at Anavii Market.
  • Strength: 15mg per softgel, available in bottles of 30 softgels
  • Price: $39.95 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $3.90.
  • Independent Test Results: Online with full results available on request.
  • Key Features: High in beneficial, naturally occurring terpenes like Beta-caryophyllene, Humulene, Myrcene, and more.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Organic Hemp Seed oil, in Softgels (Purified water, Gelatin, Glycerin)

Unlike many online CBD marketplaces with multiple products, Anavii Market only offers top quality CBD products with exacting standards similar to our own.

Charlotte’s Web Full Strength CBD Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Charlotte’s Web Full Strength CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Among the best known makers of CBD, Charlotte’s Web Full Strength CBD Capsules are an easy, convenient way to get a daily dose of full-spectrum hemp extract.
  • Strength: 8mg CBD (15mg total hemp extract) per capsule, available in bottles of 30 & 60 capsules
  • Price: $34.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $74.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Charlotte’s Web have built an impeccable reputation for their high-quality CBD.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Rice Bran, Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline cellulose, Cellulose, Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  • Other: They also offer Extra-Strength CBD capsules with 18mg of CBD per capsule.

Charlotte’s Web products are made from hemp grown in Colorado.

Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules

  • Highlights: Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules are made from hemp that’s specially bred to be high in CBD and other synergistic compounds like cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Strength: 15mg CBD plus 375mg of hemp oil per capsule, available in bottles of 30 & 60 capsules
  • Price: $44.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on all orders in the U.S.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Vegetarian capsules with a mixture of hemp oil and coconut-oil. These capsules are so high-quality, they can actually be used as suppositories.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil, Vegetarian capsules (Vegetable cellulose, Purified water), & Silica
  • Other: 30 day refund available for unsatisfied customers.

Elixinol sources all their hemp from their Colorado hemp farm. They donate 5% of every purchase to a customer-selected nonprofit.

Ananda Hemp Spectrum Gels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Ananda Hemp Spectrum Gels

  • Highlights: Ananda Hemp Spectrum Gels are great for many purposes, but they’re a favorite of our editor for promoting rest and reducing anxiety before traveling.
  • Strength: 15mg per softgel, available in bottles of 30 & 60 softgels
  • Price: $64.95 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Extracted from the flowery tops of hemp grown with care by an 8th-generation tobacco farmer in Kentucky from unique cultivars of hemp.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Organic cold-pressed hemp oil & Gelatin

Ananda Hemp grows their hemp on a 500-acre farm in Kentucky. We appreciate their enthusiastic support of the hemp industry through the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.

Every Day Optimal Pure CBD Oil Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Every Day Optimal Pure CBD Oil Capsules

  • Highlights: Every Day Optimal Pure CBD Oil Capsules are more versatile than most: gluten-free, vegetarian, with multiple formulas and available in up to 50mg of CBD!
  • Strength: 25mg per softgel, available in bottles of 30 & 60 softgels
  • Price: $89.99 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard flat rate shipping starts at $4.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Gluten-free, vegetarian softgels available in a wide range of strengths.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in Vegetable gelatin capsules (Vegetable cellulose, Water)
  • Other: Also available in 10mg, 15mg, and 50mg softgels, as well as special Fibromyalgia, Stress and Sleep formulas.

Every Day Optimal uses domestically sourced, non-GMO, pesticide free hemp plants. We also love Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies!

Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Capsules, with Turmeric (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Capsules combine full spectrum CBD with turmeric, a popular herb purported to offer anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Strength: 10mg CBD plus turmeric per capsule, 30 capsules per bottle
  • Price: $49.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $36.00.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: A relatively low dose of CBD plus added turmeric helped our reviewer combat inflammation and chronic pain while maintaining daytime activity. These capsules are vegan, gluten-free and kosher!
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Organic Turmeric with Black Pepper extract, Dextrin, Oleic acid (Derived From Olive oil), Potassium Bicarbonate, Vitamin E (As Alpha Tocopherol), Gum Acacia, Citric acid, Sucrose, Rice powder
  • Other: Part of a complete “Relief & Recovery” product line targeting inflammation and discomfort.

Sagely Naturals uses only U.S.-grown, organic, non-GMO hemp in their products. We also enjoy Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Cream for quickly warming and easing sore muscles.

Nature’s Script Hemp Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Nature’s Script Hemp Capsules

  • Highlights: Nature’s Script Hemp Capsules offer a proprietary blend of CBD with willow bark and turmeric.
  • Strength: 15mg CBD per capsule, plus additional herbs, 30 capsules per bottle
  • Price: $59.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $100.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Nature’s Script’s special blend of herbs combined with CBD is designed to promote relaxation and combat anxiety and inflammation.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus in Calcium, Magnesium, White Willow bark, & Turmeric in Capsules
  • Other: Also available in a 25mg “high potency” formula.

Nature’s Script uses hemp grown on U.S. farms with a special focus on sustainable growing methods.

Green Roads CBD Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Green Roads CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Green Roads CBD Capsules offer a potent dose of CBD oil in an easy to digest, vegetarian base.
  • Strength: 25mg per softgel, 30 softgels per bottle
  • Price: $89.99 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $100.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Vegetarian softgels combine CBD with easy to digest Safflower oil
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Safflower oil in Vegetable Cellulose softgels

Green Roads uses pharmaceutical-grade CBD made from U.S.-grown hemp.

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Softgels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Softgels

  • Highlights: PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Softgels are made with a proprietary water-soluble technology that may be easier to absorb.
  • Strength: 10mg per softgel, 30 softgels per bottle
  • Price: $79.00 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: PhytoLogica’s softgels are made with patent-pending “nano emulsion technology” designed to maximize bioavailability. Kosher-certified & physician professional-grade formula.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and Beta-Caryophyllene (terpene) plus Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, MCT (coconut-based) oil, in a Gelatin softgel.
  • Other: Also available in 25mg softgels.

PhytoLogica uses only organically-grown U.S. hemp in all their products.

Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules are carefully formulated with added organic terpenes for maximum effect.
  • Strength: 25mg per capsule, available in 10, 40 & 200 capsule bottles
  • Price: $50.00 for 40 capsules
  • Specials: Use coupon code MoH10 for 10 percent off most items
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $50.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Additional terpenes may offer added benefits through the ‘entourage effect.’ This formula is non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free!
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus terpenes (d-Limonene, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene)
  • Other: 10mg capsules are also available. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

Lazarus Naturals uses only U.S.-grown hemp in all their products.

cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules

  • Highlights: cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules are made with a broad-spectrum extract that emphasizes additional vital cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Strength: 15mg per capsule, 30 per bottle
  • Price: $33.95 for 30 capsules
  • Special: Use coupon code MH15 for 15% off at checkout
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: cbdMD’s hemp extract is high in additional cannabinoids such as CBG & CBDV. These capsules are vegan and gluten-free.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil in Vegan capsules
  • Other: Also available in a variety of strengths up to 50mg per capsule. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

cbdMD uses hemp grown in Kentucky under a rigorous testing and quality-control process.

MedTerra CBD Gel Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)MedTerra CBD Gel Capsules

  • Highlights: MedTerra CBD Gel Capsules are a fast and convenient way to take just CBD isolate.
  • Strength: 25mg CBD per softgel, 30 softgels per bottle
  • Price: $59.95 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $125.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Both our review team and readers love Medterra CBD!
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD isolate plus in MCT (coconut-based) oil in Gelatin softgels
  • Other: Also available in 50mg softgels. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

MedTerra makes all their products from non-GMO hemp grown in Kentucky. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

NutraCanna CBD Dissolvable Tablets, with Melatonin (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)NutraCanna CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Tablets

  • Highlights: NutraCanna CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Tablets are a unique and fast-acting CBD product that dissolves under your tongue, easing you off to sleep.
  • Strength: 25mg of CBD plus 10mg of Melatonin per tablet, 30 tablets per bottle
  • Price: $74.00
  • Special: Use coupon code Ministry15 for 15% off your order
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $75.00.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Unlike normal caplets, these tangy, orange-flavored tablets dissolve under under your tongue; added melatonin may promote restful sleep and combat insomnia.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD isolate plus Melatonin with Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Stevia, D-Mannitol, Xylitol, MCC (Microcrystalline Cellulose), Crospovidone, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Citrus flavor, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, Avocado Oil powder.
  • Other: Also available in 10mg tablets, both with and without melatonin. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

NutraCanna’s products are made from non-GMO hemp grown on Kentucky farms. Our review team also loved the non-melatonin variety of NutraCanna CBD Dissolvable Tablets. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

Honorable Mentions: Other CBD Capsules We Love

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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.

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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.

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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.

NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets have a strong but not overpowering peppermint flavor and dissolve quickly when placed in the mouth.NUTRACANNA DISSOLVABLE CBD TABLETS OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • 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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