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Bioavailability & CBD Water Solubility: Exploring The Science Of CBD

Why do CBD brands make false claims about bioavailability? What is bioavailability, anyway? A CBD expert explores bioavailability and water soluble CBD in detail.

The hemp industry has seen a surge in products claiming to be “water soluble” and offering higher “bioavailability.” But what does this actually mean for products and consumers of hemp-based wellness products?

This article will help address the different methods used to make cannabinoids water soluble. We’ll also assess the CBD industry claims associated with these methods and bioavailability.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Keith Butler is the founder and lead hemp researcher for Life Patent, one of our Top CBD Brands. After Jessica introduced us to CBD bioavailability, we asked Keith for a more detailed “deep dive” into this fascinating subject. -KO

THE SCIENCE BEHIND BIOAVAILABILITY

To understand these terms and their meaning within the context of hemp-based cannabinoids, it would be helpful to start with some basic science.

First, cannabinoids are lipophilic molecules (i.e., oil-based compounds that are not soluble in water). This means that when you place extracted hemp oils into water, they float. Cannabinoids in their natural lipophilic state do not mix with water and they act exactly as if one poured motor oil onto water—they will not dissolve in the water. This has always been the problem for oil-based compounds—because our bodies are up to 60% water, they have difficulty dissolving, and more importantly, absorbing these types of molecules.

The term “water solubility” refers to a compound’s ability to dissolve into water at a specific temperature. The term bioavailability refers to the amount of active ingredient (AI) in the compound which makes it into the bloodstream. If one injects an AI directly into the bloodstream, this is called 100% bioavailability. If a compound is ingested, in almost all cases that compound is subjected to what is known as a first pass metabolism, or first pass through the liver, where the contents from our stomachs are “cleansed” by the liver on the first pass of digestion.

It is here where most of the degradation of AI takes place as enzymes process digested material within the liver. The chances of ANY ingested lipophilic compound passing 100% of the AI into the bloodstream by ingestion is almost zero percent. Decades of pharmaceutical science have tackled this subject with relative success, but no pharmaceutical company claims 100% bioavailability of active ingredients in their formulations of lipophilic compounds.

BIOAVAILABILITY AND CBD INDUSTRY CLAIMS

Why, then, does the CBD industry continue to tout claims of 100% bioavailability of cannabinoids, or other inflated claims about bioavailability?

The simple answer is because they can. The marketing of unregulated products like hemp “allows” companies to print what they want to believe or what they want you to believe. This is simply the nature of an unregulated industry, and unfortunately the hemp CBD industry is overflowing with overzealous assertions and outright misinformation when it comes to water solubility and bioavailability claims.

Vitamin and pharmaceutical companies have developed methods over time which allow lipophilic molecules to be more readily absorbed by our water-based bodies. These methods have included micro and macro emulsions; liposomes; nano particles; and nano emulsions. While each of these methods has its place in the world of solubility, the truth is to date, this author is unaware of any certified research trials testing the resulting efficacy and bioavailability of compounds associated with each of these cannabinoid formulation methods.

We asked an expert to explain CBD water solubility and bioavailability. Photo: Science laboratory test tubes and laboratory equipment

We asked an expert to explain CBD water solubility and bioavailability.

Certified research is available on every form of conversion by the pharmaceutical industry for their products, but few in the hemp industry have done this important work. Very few players in the hemp space have considered blood plasma testing for AI and those who do are mainly working with their own products. There are no independent studies available on this subject without product bias designed to prove one product is better than another. There have been no governing bodies for the industry to guide or implement these studies, and as a result, the public hears unverifiable information created primarily for marketing purposes and providing little insight into the actual efficacy of a product.

BIOAVAILABILITY AND DELIVERY METHODS: EVALUATING THE CLAIMS

What is the truth about bioavailability? How do our ingestion methods correlate to the amount of active ingredient our bodies process when we ingest hemp-based cannabinoids?

To begin, there are a few basic ways to introduce hemp cannabinoids to the body: through inhalation, ingestion, or application.

With bioavailability as the desired target, the most effective and proven delivery method is inhalation. Studies have shown that combustion, be it smoking or vaporizing cannabinoids, produces bioavailability levels from 2%-56% depending on the study and the smoker type, with averages leaning towards the higher side. The high discrepancy in availability is attributed to the experience of the test subject—novice smokers versus experienced smokers who inhale deeper and longer. So simply put, on the higher side of the scale, smokers get a high average bioavailability of cannabinoids around 40% (i.e., less than one half of what they ingest becomes available or quantifiable in their bloodstream). Now that we know this best-case scenario of actual high bioavailability (56% on the highest end), some claims by CBD (cannabidiol) and THC manufacturers may become a little harder to believe.

The truth becomes even more apparent as we move onto other methods.

Sublingual CBD has high bioavailability. Photo: A man takes a tincture.Sublingual CBD

Ingestion (sublingual) offers much lower bioavailability than inhalation, but the effects are longer lasting. Sublingual delivery is when a tincture is absorbed into the body by delivery into the bloodstream through the soft palate located under the tongue. This is considered the preferred method for bioavailability by mouth as the CBD can absorb through the mucosal membrane and enter into the bloodstream more rapidly than by swallowing. It is this action that many “water soluble” claims are based upon to increase the bioavailability to 100%.

But here is the trick: there are no independent published studies (that I am aware of) testing the transfer of CBD sublingually into the bloodstream by evaluating blood plasma test results to assess an increase in availability. There is a published article where sublingual techniques of cannabinoid delivery are discussed in comparison to known oral delivery bioavailability where the scientists believe that sublingual bioavailability is only slightly higher than oral ingestion. However, almost all the known studies involve THC (with exception of the work by GW Pharmaceuticals). With THC, there is a different outcome when ingested. Since the THC molecule undergoes changes in the digestive tract and transforms to 11-OH THC which is believed to be as much as 5 times more psychoactive than Delta 9 THC (the byproduct of D9 THC), the resulting effects—such as a long-lasting high associated with edibles—are magnified.

So, sublingual is perhaps marginally better than oral delivery.  Oral delivery (ingestion by swallowing) is verifiably known to have bioavailability levels ranging from 4% to 20%, with most studies and outcomes falling within the lower range below 10% bioavailability. As a result, we can theorize (because we have virtually no data to confirm this) that sublingual administration of cannabinoids may yield a range somewhere between 10% and 20%, but not much more.

What about rectal CBD?

There is another way for cannabinoids to enter the body: through rectal administration.

Anecdotal evidence and articles would suggest that this method is the most bioavailable as many cancer patients choose this route of administration. However, the only science available was conducted on monkeys and showed about 13.5% availability, much lower than one would expect given the popularity of this method in large dosages. The truth is, rectal administration is basically location specific. Based on the veins and arteries in the rectal area, absorption into the bloodstream is minimal according to existing scientific publications.

Topical CBD and bioavailability

What about the skin? How and why do topical cannabinoids seem to work? Is the skin capable of transferring CBD to the bloodstream to create bioavailability, and if so how much?

You might be surprised to find that, in reality, transdermal delivery of cannabinoids is only a theory, at least for now, but clinical tests are underway. Eventually, science will prevail as topical CBD products proliferate and inquiring minds prioritize this as an area of study. However, testing the transfer of a lipophilic molecule into water-based skin can’t truly be done without complicated scientific practices which are currently rare in the hemp industry. There is only one company that I am aware of (CV Sciences) who has created a transdermal delivery method with any strong science behind it and who was recently granted a patent for this invention.

A person's knee with topical lotion applied in a heart shape.Topical CBD vs. topical THC

There is one thing we do know: THC and CBD act differently as far as the epidermis is concerned, and CBD seems to be far more absorptive through the epidermis than THC.

There is also another reason why cannabinoid topicals seem to work so well for so many people. The skin is the body’s largest organ and is filled with CB receptors, as are our muscles, bones, nerves and tissues. So, it is possible the cannabinoids, given the proper carriers, can cross the epidermal layer and directly affect CB receptors by absorption.

If this is true, it would support the massive collection of anecdotal evidence which supports the general consensus that topicals work. But as a formulator, I can tell you that there is a big gap between those components required to make products that just work, and those that work really well. In developing LifePatent’s topical formulations, I am focused on making sure our products work really well as opposed to the ‘whatever works mentality’ that is prevalent in the industry and that is often opposed to exploring the possibilities of what could work better through dedicated research and development.

CBD INNOVATION, EFFICACY, AND FALSE CLAIMS

Now that we understand how cannabinoids get into our system in different concentrations dependent upon administration methods, we can now start to develop an understanding of the current water solubility methods employed to increase availability, efficacy, or both. We can also now take a look at some of the claims made by certain product lines, and better understand the challenges that consumer’s face when trying to evaluate and differentiate cannabinoid products in the marketplace.

One popular CBD website claims that their ‘Nano Particle Water Soluble CBD’ has a bioavailability of 90% or more. Really? Let’s look at this claim. Our industry is plagued by false or unsubstantiated claims. I have seen no science showing that this company conducted clinical trials comparing their product to others, or comparing blood plasma levels showing their product is 90%+ as effective as an injection into the bloodstream. In addition, this company claims a “patent” on this technology, but do they actually own the patent? Would it be safe to assume the technology is patented and they are buying it from a third-party source who owns the patent and did the blood plasma tests to make the claim that this product works 90+% as well as an injection?

But let’s first understand what this claim is for—it is for a “new” technology which is claimed to be “better” than Nano-Emulsion technology (which this company claims offers an absorption rate of 10-30%). If Nano-Emulsion CBD has a bioavailability rate of 10-30%, and we know that sublingual oil-based tinctures already have a bioavailability rate of 10-20%, where do these claims of increased bioavailability leave us? Confused.

Is anybody confused yet?

If these claims are true, the Nano-Emulsion technology that everybody claimed increased bioavailability by ten-fold is now less than two-fold according to the claims of this particular company because their new “patented” technology claims to be superior to Nano Emulsion. The new science? Nano Particles, which producers claim are smaller and therefore work better.

That seems to be the ‘science’ in our industry: if its particles are smaller, they absorb better—which is somewhat true. A glass of shaved ice, which has a much higher surface area than a glass of ice cubes, will cool down and melt faster due to the greater surface area. Translating this into the skin-blood barrier, smaller particles may pass through the skin easier, but this does not ultimately change the way the body metabolizes or digests lipophilic compounds. Smaller particles just allow a greater surface area in which to transfer the active ingredients through carriers into the body where they still undergo the ‘first pass metabolism’ and where a large percentage of the active ingredients are destroyed by enzymatic processes.

So, is anybody confused yet?

Although it is confusing, now that we have the basics of administering cannabinoids, let’s look at the science behind today’s applications to improve their water solubility.

MAKING WATER SOLUBLE CBD: HOW IT WORKS

To achieve fine dispersion of oil into water, the water must be kept in a continuous phase while the oil is in a dispersed phase. This requires the use of an emulsifier or surfactant to assist in the dispersal. There are three common ways to achieve this.

  1. Macro emulsions, which utilize large 1 micron plus droplets, with the carrier oil and surfactants added. Macro emulsions are rather unstable. Think of this as the mixing of cannabis or hemp oil with lecithin (such as animal fats), and mixing it in a drink at home. This method probably works as well as a good sublingual dosage, and maybe even a little better.
  2. Micro emulsions are done on a smaller scale, with droplet sizes 1/10 of the size of a macro emulsion. Micro are more stable than macro. Unfortunately, like macro emulsions, the current science is lacking. Additionally, the number of surfactants used can overwhelm the taste buds or can exceed allowable limits for consumption.
  3. Liposomic transfer by spherical structures that are either man made, or available in nature, which have a water attractive (hydrophilic) outer layer and in inner cavity which is capable of encapsulating the cannabinoid molecules and pass them literally “inside” themselves. There are a variety of carriers out there available in the pharmaceutical industry which are approved to do this job. I expect over time there will be CBD manufacturers who reach out to the pharmaceuticals for help, or technology.

I’m excited to be a part of all of this! I can’t wait to one day unveil what my team and I have been able to create in our labs, starting with our solid dose pill. I’m sure others out there have great dedication for the cannabis sciences and are creating the future as well.

NANO PARTICLES AND NANO EMULSIONS

Probably the most well-known method of enhancing solubility is through the use of Nanoparticles or Nano Emulsions. These two terms are completely different things, so let’s first discuss the differences between emulsions and particles.

Nano Particles are generally carrier and active ingredient particles dispersed or disrupted with the use of sound waves or frequencies where the particle size of the intended target (the CBD and carrier) is disrupted into smaller and smaller pieces by ultrasonication (sound waves). Nano-sized particles are created by this process. These very small (nano) particles composed of carrier and active ingredients are much smaller than their non-disrupted selves. They’re capable of passing through membrane walls easier as a result of the highly diminished particle size.

Nano emulsion is a mixture of those nanoparticles with emulsions of surfactant droplets, which are also extremely small, and are designed to enter the body more efficiently. Nano emulsion is currently (theoretically) the most bioavailable option out there. But how much better is it? If you listened to some of the companies who sell it, they claim the bioavailability of nano emulsions is over 90%. By now, I’m hoping we all realize that this is doubtful. Considering known administration types, like sublingual or oral ingestion, can be boosted from 20% bioavailability in a best-case scenario to 90+% of that through an intravenous injection, I would be really surprised if a study could ever prove such efficacy for traditional delivery methods.

WATER SOLUBLE CBD: CAN ANYTHING BE 100% BIOAVAILABLE?

Returning to nano water soluble claims of 100% absorption, we can see this simply cannot be true unless the water-soluble products on the market today could be (and were) injected directly into the bloodstream. As a result, how do we express the relative bioavailability of products that our industry supplies comparative to the science?

Photo: A researcher holds up CBD oil and a hemp leaf.

More research will be needed to determine the truth about different forms of CBD and bioavailability.

Firstly, we do the science and get the answers before we make claims. LifePatent filed patents in 2017 for water solubility and bioavailability of cannabinoids. We’ve still yet to make a claim of any kind other than the discovery of “nature’s delivery method” for cannabinoids. Our technology has been in testing for over a year. Once all the evidence is in and verified we will speak.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON BIOAVAILABILITY: DO YOUR RESEARCH

At LifePatent, we encourage all CBD and hemp cannabinoid users to do the research. The unregulated marketplace is the ‘wild west’ but eventually the wild west was regulated.

As time passes, I expect to see changes from both consumers and regulatory agencies. This will encourage the proliferation of real science and genuine products. Unfortunately, in our world today we only have the word of mouth and product reviews to make our choices. Tomorrow we may have science and technology to support those referrals and reviews.

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CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment Relieves Aches & Pains To Keep You Exercising

If you’re an athlete, CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment might just be the fix to your post-workout aches and pains. After trying this CBD topical, our reviewer recovered quickly and was able to get to the gym more often.

If you’re an athlete, CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment might just be the fix to your post-workout aches and pains.

If you do workouts consisting mainly of bending, jerking, and lifting movements, you are well aware of the joint pains that come with them. Specifically, lifting weights can affect the wrists, knees, elbows, and your back. So, when we heard of the chance to review the CBDMEDIC ointment that targets those sore areas, we jumped at the opportunity.

Our reviewer tried CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment for about a week and reported great results. While they didn’t completely eliminate his aches and pains, they reduced them so much he no longer had “any excuse” to skip going to the gym, even on the next day after a workout. CBD has potent anti-inflammatory effects, and CBD topicals are the perfect way to take advantage of this when reducing soreness. This ointment even reduced the pain in our reviewer’s thumbs and hands after marathon “Red Dead Redemption 2” video game sessions on winter break.

In addition, we loved the light, non-greasy feel of CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment. It absorbed into our skin easily, and didn’t leave a residue behind unlike some other muscle ointments we’ve tried.

A tube of CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment posed with a pair of pink sneakers in a locker room.

CBDMedic Active Sport Ointment is specially designed to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow, helping athletes get back to working out.

CBDMEDIC 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 of CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment and to learn more about what makes their CBD topicals stand out in a crowded marketplace.

CBDMEDIC FOCUSES ON TOP-QUALITY CBD TOPICALS THAT TARGET INFLAMMATION AND PAIN

CBDMEDIC’s focus on top-quality CBD topicals is unique among CBD. They designed each topical to target a different kind of pain. CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment is specially designed to decrease inflammation and increase blood-flow. This helps athletes like our reviewer stay active and recover more quickly. While the muscle damage that naturally occurs from workouts causes inflammation, CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory.

CBDMEDIC is the first brand of CBD products registered with the FDA Over-the-Counter registration system. As a result, pharmacists and medical professionals have been recommending CBDMEDIC products since 2016.

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  • Highlights: CBDMEDIC Active Sport Ointment provides joint & muscle pain relief in a long-lasting, natural, and effective fashion. It’s great to apply before, during, or after your workout.
  • Strength: This ointment is available in a 40g tube, a 10-pack of single-application packets, or a 20G pain stick
  • Price: $29.99 – $49.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Flat-rate shipping is available for $5.00.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Texture & Scent: This CBD topical has a light texture. It reminded us of  vapor rub by combining potent menthol smell with healing CBD. It’s perfect for quick application.
  • Key Ingredients: CBD plus Camphor & Menthol
  • Full Ingredient List: Full-spectrum Hemp extract with Menthol, Camphor, Beeswax (organic), Clove oil, Sorbic acid, Cottonseed oil, Eucalyptus oil, Jojoba seed oil, Peppermint oil, & Tea Tree oil

CBDMEDIC uses only organic ingredients, including organically grown hemp, in all their products. They also make CBD topicals designed for arthritis pain and for relieving back & neck pain. While we love the quality of these CBD topicals, we did notice it’s difficult to tell exactly how much CBD is in each product and we’d like to see clearer labelling in the future.

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Sagely Naturals Relief And Recovery Cream Heals Sore Muscles With CBD & Menthol

We were impressed with Sagely Naturals Relief And Recovery Cream, a high-quality, effective CBD topical salve. This warming CBD topical is non-greasy and effectively eased our reviewer’s lower back pain.

We were impressed with Sagely Naturals Relief And Recovery Cream, a high-quality, effective CBD topical salve.

The first thing we noticed after unboxing this CBD cream was the quality of the bottle itself. Sometimes companies try to cut costs by offering low quality packaging, but that wasn’t the case with Sagely Naturals. The bottle was solid and the pump was responsive, providing small or large quantities of the cream with ease.

Sagely Naturals Relief And Recovery Cream is non-greasy and light. We liked that it felt like regular lotion, not a pain relief cream. The subtle peppermint and menthol scent reminded us that pain relief was on the way!

With a member of our review team struggling with lower back pain, we knew Sagely Naturals’ CBD would be put to the test. Relief and Recovery Cream is easily massaged into the skin, and quickly begins both cooling and warming the affected area. The heat level increased gradually, peaking after about 15 or 20 minutes, but remained at a pleasant level for hours afterwards. After applying twice, pain levels seemed to have decreased noticeably the next day.

Sagely Naturals Relief and Recovery collection includes a topical CBD cream, a headache roll-on, and CBD capsules with turmeric. In this photo, the products are shot on a wooden background with a sprig of leaves for decoration.

Sagely Naturals Relief and Recovery collection includes a topical CBD cream, a headache roll-on, and CBD capsules with turmeric.

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

Read on for more about Sagely Naturals Relief and Recovery product line, and our complete review.

SPREADING THE HEALING POWER OF HEMP WITH SAGELY NATURALS

Two friends, Kaley and Kerrigan, started Sagely Naturals to create a product that they both would want to use and that could treat their mothers’ everyday aches and pains. As believers of the powerful effects of CBD, they set off to create products that help people without any psychoactive effects.

Sagely Naturals creates their products using organic, non-GMO hemp that adheres to strict quality control standards of operations. Every batch of CBD is triple lab tested to ensure quality and purity. Moreover, they only use essential oils and natural ingredients that are free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, dyes, and sulfates.

While this CBD topical has a lower strength than some products on the market, the combination of top quality hemp extract with added natural healing ingredients meant that Sagely Naturals Relief and Recovery Cream was more than up to the challenge of easing muscle soreness.

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  • Highlights: Sagely Naturals Relief and Recovery Cream combines the cooling/warming sensations of menthol and peppermint with high quality CBD relief that effectively targeted our pain.
  • Strength: 50mg per 120ml (4oz) ounce jar, also available in a 60ml jar
  • Price: $19.99 or $35.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Shipping starts at a flat rate of $3, with free shipping on orders over $36.00
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Texture & Scent: This CBD topical has a light, lotiony texture that quickly absorbs into the skin without greasy residue. It has a mild scent of peppermint and menthol.
  • Key Ingredients: CBD plus Peppermint & Menthol, Safflower Seed Oil, and Argan Oil
  • Full Ingredient List: Full spectrum hemp extract / CBD oil with Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol  Glycerin, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil, Tetradecane, Menthol, Hemp Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorious (Safflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, and Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

Sagely Naturals uses only U.S.-grown, organic, non-GMO hemp in their products. Sagely Naturals Relief and Recovery Cream is part of their complete Relief and Recovery collection, including CBD capsules, oral spray, and a headache stick. Their Tranquility collection combines CBD with additional relaxing natural ingredients.

 

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Online CBD Marketplace Provides Trust & Verification In An Unregulated Industry

Anavii Market is a new online CBD marketplace is helping to end the confusion around buying hemp extracts online. Only the best CBD oil products are available through this site.

A new online CBD marketplace is helping to end the confusion around buying hemp extracts online.

We founded our new company in January of this year. We hope Anavii Market will become the most trusted retailer for premium verified CBD oil products in the nation.

Anavii Market founder Annie Rouse with hemp advocate Rick Trojan at NoCo Hemp Expo. Anavii Market is an online CBD marketplace.

Anavii Market co-founder Annie Rouse with hemp advocate Rick Trojan at NoCo Hemp Expo.

Currently the CBD market is filled with questions and consumers don’t have all the proper information to make educated choices on which brands and which products to choose.

Most people seeking CBD for its many benefits have experienced the CBD dilemma: people want to try this “miracle” supplement, but get frustrated when trying to select the best quality CBD oil brand on the market. It is not surprising that this occurs, because this industry is unregulated, allowing bad actors to thrive.

Anavii Market was established to counteract the quality control issues in the growing hemp CBD oil market. Read on to learn more about our story and why a trusted CBD marketplace is so important for consumers.

INACCURATELY LABELED PRODUCTS SOLD AS CBD ENDANGER CONSUMERS

In a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that 70 percent of CBD products on the market were mislabeled or misbranded. These mislabeled products contained naturally occuring CBD and other cannabinoids, but did not contain the quantities marketed on the brands’ labels.

To make matters worse, in early 2018, reports sprang from North Carolina and elsewhere of consumers purchasing CBD oil products laced with synthetic cannabinoids. Better known as synthetic marijuana, K2 or spice, synthetics can cause major health concerns. These instances have sparked controversy in the growing CBD oil market, where quality hemp-derived CBD companies have been working hard to legitimize the industry.

These problems inspired us to start an online CBD marketplace where consumers could shop with confidence.

ANAVII MARKET: AN ONLINE CBD MARKETPLACE WITH ONLY TRUSTED PRODUCTS

We started Anavii Market to counteract the quality control issues in the growing hemp CBD oil market.

Anavii Market ensures the best CBD oil by requiring manufacturers to complete an application before representing their brand. This application requires proof of third-party laboratory testing within the five major areas of concern (phytocannabinoids, microbiologics, residual solvents, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides) as well as information regarding batch record processes and recall procedures. Anavii Market also ensures the products they sell are only federally legal hemp-based products and are not derived from hemp’s cousin, marijuana.

Anavii Market is an online CBD marketplace which only offers carefully vetted CBD oil products.

Anavii Market is an online CBD marketplace which only offers carefully vetted CBD oil products.

Once we approve the brands, Anavii Market sells them through our transparent, informative website. We offer clear information regarding the cannabinoid spectrum, extraction method, source of hemp, and more. Some of the brands Anavii Market carries include: Ananda Hemp, Plus CBD Oil, Palmetto Harmony and Green Remedy. These brands and others combine to provide a unique mix of ingestion methods. Customers can find tinctures, salves, capsules, patches and even suppositories.

MEET THE INNOVATORS BEHIND THE CBD MARKETPLACE

Anavii Market founder Jason Amatucci poses with a U.S. flag hand-sewn from hemp.

Anavii Market co-founder Jason Amatucci poses with a U.S. flag hand-sewn from American-grown hemp.

Creating Anavii Market is the culmination of a decade’s work to legalize and improve access to hemp. Annie Rouse, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar who studied hemp in Canada, and Jason Amatucci, founder of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, co-founded Anavii Market. After we spent over a decade with research and legislative reform in our respective states, Kentucky and Virginia, we decided to partner on a mutual entrepreneurial dream — a one-stop shop for quality American-sourced hemp.

We are making large strides to improve this industry, and our hearts are in the right place. We’re ensuring the emerging hemp industry is not tainted by bad players just trying to make a fast buck with poor-quality mislabeled products. Instead we focus on the good actors verifying that the consumers have positive experiences with up-and-coming hemp products, while providing sustainable growth to the industry that we both care for deeply.

Many people who use CBD are seeking balance and wellness in their life and many struggle with stress. We don’t want to add to that stress when it comes to trusting the products they are purchasing.

Our company’s motto is “the products we sell are the products we know.” We always want the customer to know that they can trust Anavii Market when it comes to their hemp derived CBD oil and wellness needs.

 

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REVIEW: PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Balm Offers Silky, Lavender-Scented Relief

PhytoLogica Hemp Balm makes your skin smell like lavender and soothes aching muscles without being too greasy. Our review team used this hemp balm to ease soreness from exercise and chronic pain and it quickly became a favorite product.

PhytoLogica Hemp Balm makes your skin smell like lavender and soothes aching muscles without being too greasy.

Our review team used this hemp balm to ease soreness from exercise and chronic pain and it quickly became a favorite product. Like so many people, PhytoLogica founder Heather Atwell discovered the benefits of CBD after seeking relief for health problems in her family that proved difficult to treat in other ways.

Topical CBD is a great way to apply cannabidiol directly where it’s needed most on your body by directly targeting aching muscles. Since topical CBD salves and balms skip the blood stream and digestive tract, they have even fewer side effects than other forms of CBD.

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp balm combines cbd oil with coconut oil, beeswax, and the fresh scent of lavender.

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp balm combines cbd oil with coconut oil, beeswax, and the fresh scent of lavender.

Read on for our full review of PhytoLogica full spectrum hemp balm.

PHYTOLOGICA INSPIRED BY HEALTH CRISIS IN FOUNDER’S FAMILY

In a personal message on her website, Atwell describes how she discovered CBD after her father developed cancer. While he struggled with the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments, Atwell discovered that she’d inherited her mother’s scoliosis. Unlike her mother, she wanted to avoid addiction to the opioid painkillers which doctors prescribe for this painful spinal condition.

CBD turned out to be the key. While cancer eventually claimed her father’s life, Atwell believes that natural health treatments helped him live longer and better. She’s also used CBD and other alternate treatments to avoid dependence on opioid painkillers.

“It makes me very happy to hear from people getting relief from pain and illness through natural resources and I’m blessed to be able to share my knowledge,” Atwell wrote.

While everyone reacts differently to CBD, many people report that it offers significant relief. One study of 2,400 CBD users showed that hundreds were able to reduce their use of pharmaceutical drugs with the help of CBD and other cannabinoids.

PhytoLogica hemp balmPHYTOLOGICA HEMP BALM OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Full Spectrum Hemp Balm from PhytoLogica is relaxing for sore muscles and features a delightful lavender scent. The light texture makes it perfect for using on the go or at home.
  • Price: $59 for a 1 ounce jar.
  • Strength: 500mg of full spectrum hemp extract / CBD per jar.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. $5.99 flat rate for shpping, with free shipping on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available by email. Contact customer service.
  • Texture & Scent: Wonderful scent of lavender. The texture is smooth and silky from the coconut oil and beeswax without leaving the skin feeling excessively oily.
  • Ingredients: Medium Chain Triglycerides (coconut oil), Beeswax, Phytocannabinoid Hemp Extract, Lavender Oil, Eucalyptus Oil

We appreciate the use of organic coconut oil and just a few, simple ingredients in Phytologica Hemp Balm. PhytoLogica also offers CBD oil tinctures and soft gel capsules. PhytoLogica makes all their products from U.S. grown hemp.

 

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Best CBD Topicals: Reviews Of The Best CBD Creams & Salve Online

Topical CBD is a great choice whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or just the aches and stiffness of everyday life. CBD is also an increasingly popular skincare ingredient. Ministry of Hemp tested almost a dozen products to bring you our reviews of the best CBD topicals for sale online.

This review of the best CBD topicals is the latest in Ministry of Hemp’s product review series. Be sure to also check out our review of the Best CBD gummies.

Topical CBD is a great choice whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or just the aches and stiffness of everyday life.

CBD is an extract made from industrial hemp that can offer relief from pain and inflammation. With few side effects or drawbacks, CBD is seeing tremendous popularity today. While most commonly found in a tincture or capsule, an increasing number of brands offer CBD in a salve or cream designed to be applied directly to the skin.

Skin care products are seen arrayed with a hemp leaf and two open jars of salve. Ministry of Hemp’s review team studied almost a dozen products to pick the best CBD topicals available online.

Ministry of Hemp’s review team studied almost a dozen products to pick the best CBD topicals available online.

Quality matters, and there are few regulations governing the CBD industry. At Ministry of Hemp, we maintain the highest standards when it comes to CBD and hemp products. Read on to find out more about the benefits of CBD salves and creams, and to see our complete reviews of the best CBD topicals available online.

WHY DO PEOPLE USE TOPICAL CBD?

The main advantage of CBD in a topical form is that it can be applied directly to whatever part of the body needs help. Topical CBD products bypass the digestive system and can immediately go to work where they’re needed.

There’s a growing body of scientific evidence to support the use of topical CBD products to ease pain, inflammation, and the symptoms of arthritis. One study using rats found that topical CBD has “therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects.” More scientific research on humans is needed to confirm all of CBD’s benefits, but the initial research into topical use in humans is also promising.

a person applies a salve to their elbow. CBD topicals can go directly to work where they're needed most.

Topical CBD products bypass the digestive system to go directly to work where they’re needed most.

Hemp and CBD oil are also increasingly popular skin care ingredients. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can reduce rashes and irritation in the skin just like it eases muscle aches and stiffness.

QUALITY MATTERS: HOW WE PICKED THE BEST CBD TOPICALS

For our review of the best CBD topicals available online, we focused only on companies which make third-party, independent lab results available to consumers. Lab results are available online, included in the order, or on request. It’s vitally important that consumers know exactly what products they’re consuming: how strong it is, and whether it has any impurities. We also focused on brands with fast, friendly customer service and easy to use websites.

We rated each brand on their price, strength, and the cost of shipping. We used our Editor in Chief’s address in central Texas to produce sample shipping costs for each product.

A variety of topical CBD products seen with some hemp seeds, a hemp leaf, and a vial of essential oil.

Topical CBD products are available in a variety of textures, with different added scents, essential oils, and herbal ingredients.

Our reviews also include the ingredients and a description of the scent and texture of each CBD topical. We tried to remain neutral in our descriptions of each product, since each consumer’s experience is subjective. These are all high-quality CBD creams, balms and salves, but you may find you prefer one scent over another. You might love or hate menthol. Some people prefer a light texture, while other buyers are looking for CBD topicals to use in a massage.

After careful review, we believe these are the best CBD topicals for sale online:

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

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

CBD TOPICALS OFFICIAL REVIEWS


Ananda Hemp: Spectrum Salve 125

  • Highlights: Spectrum Salve 125 has cooling menthol and a smooth, slightly oily texture. Great for targeting sore muscles.
  • Price: $23.95
  • Strength: 125 mg of full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 25g tin
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free standard shipping is available, or faster options for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online
  • Texture & Smell: This salve has a smooth, slightly oily texture from the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter. It smells of minty essential oils and the other botanical ingredients.
  • Ingredients: 100 mg Hemp Flower Extract, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Organic Menthol Crystals, Boswellia Extract Powder, White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Cayenne, Organic Calendula Flowers, Organic Ginger, Arnica Oil, Capsicum Oil, Sunflower Oil, Essential Oils: Wintergreen, Organic Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, and Ginger

Ananda Hemp’s salve is produced from industrial hemp grown in Kentucky. The Ananda Hemp team is closely involved with efforts to fully legalize hemp growing nationwide. Since it contains menthol and also warming ingredients, Spectrum Salve should be applied sparingly at first.

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Bee’s Knees: Bee’s Balm

  • Highlights: Bee’s Balm has a thicker texture, with a pleasant mint coconut scent. Available in a convenient sample size easy to slip in a pocket or purse.
  • Price: $7 – $30.00
  • Strength: 25mg CBD in “sample size” or 1.75 oz. jar with 200mg of CBD
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. $3.95 for First Class Shipping, with faster options available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact Bee’s Knees directly.
  • Texture & Smell: Smells like calendula and peppermint: a little floral and a little bit minty, with faint added scent of coconut. This CBD topical has a heavier texture, with a slippery, oily feel.
  • Ingredients: Coconut oil, bees wax, CBD oil, eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint, calendula, camphor and vitamin E

The sample size of is great for slipping into your pocket. It’s also an affordable way to try the product. Bee’s Balm produces a mild warming sensation. Bee’s Knees products are grown and produced on a family-owned farm in Colorado.

Citizen CBD Skin Silk
Citizen CBD: Skin Silk

  • Highlights: Skin Silk has a unique whipped texture makes Skin Silk great for skin care to target dry or irritated skin.
  • Price: $62.00
  • Strength: 250mg of full spectrum hemp extract/CBD in a 4 ounce jar
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $3.00 for standard shipping with faster options available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Texture & Smell: Skin Silk has a creamy “whipped” texture that’s unique among the products we sampled. This product has a sweet, floral and fruity scent.
  • Ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, hempseed oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, calendula, hemp extract oil, ylang ylang, clary sage, bergamot, geranium and jasmine.

Citizen CBD’s Skin Silk, which we reviewed, is designed with skincare in mind, including treatment of dry skin, inflammation and eczema. They also offers several other topicals including a warming Athletic Rub and a Deep Tissue Rub. Citizen CBD is a veteran-owned company and a portion of proceeds go to help causes like treating PTSD.

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Charlotte’s Web: Unscented Hemp Infused Cream

  • Highlights: This Unscented Hemp Infused Cream can be used anywhere & has a pleasant, lotiony feel. Perfect for anyone who prefers unscented products.
  • Price: $49.99
  • Strength: 750 mg of full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 2.5 oz tube
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard shipping starts at $8.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact CW Hemp directly.
  • Texture & Smell: This CBD topical has a soft, creamy texture that easily absorbs into the skin. There is a very faint, lotiony smell.
  • Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Purified Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shae) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin**, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate**, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Lactobacillus Ferment (from Cabbage)**, Lactobacillus, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract**, CW Hemp Oil CO2 Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohash) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate (Palm Oil Derived), Xanthan Gum, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sodium Benzoate, and Potassium Sorbate.

This product is also available with a warming menthol and cinnamon scent which should be applied sparingly at first. Charlotte’s Web is a family-owned company whose products are produced in Colorado. Discounts are available if you subscribe to this product.

dacrema botanicals cbd healing salve 180mg extra strengthDaCrema Botanicals: CBD Healing Salve

  • Highlights: CBD Healing Salve is very light, with a non-greasy texture that makes this salve easy to apply anytime you need relief of sore muscles or irritation. Basil, lavender & other botanical ingredients give it a unique herbal scent.
  • Price: $35.00 – $45.00
  • Strength: 120mg or 180mg (Extra Strength) full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 1.3 ounce tin
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping is $7.45 for priority shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact DaCrema Botanicals directly.
  • Texture & Smell: Beeswax, shea butter and natural oils combine to create a smooth, very light texture that is not greasy. Herbal ingredients create a pleasing botanical scent.
  • Ingredients: Beeswax, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, CBD Hemp Oil, Essential Oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Marjoram, Basil, and Vetiver

This salve is available in both regular and extra strength varieties. DaCrema Botanicals products are handmade in small batches using U.S.-grown organic hemp. The company was founded by a former health industry professional.


ExHemplary Life: Majestic Freshness Muscle & Joint Balm

  • Highlights: Majestic Freshness Muscle & Joint Balm is a bit more slippery and oily. It’s good for rubbing into sore muscles, without being too greasy.
  • Price: $20.00 – $50.00
  • Strength: 125 mg full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 0.5 oz “rub on” applicator stick, or 500 mg per 2 oz jar.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact ExHemplary Life directly.
  • Texture & Smell: This balm smells of citrus and rosemary, with hints of other essential oils. Majestic Freshness has a light and slightly oily texture.
  • Ingredients: Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Grape seed oil, Beeswax, Modified Tapioca Powder, Emulsifying Wax, Full spectrum Raw Hemp CBD Oil, Essential oils of: Rosemary, Willowbark, Bergamot, Lemonbalm, Lemon, Frankincense, Evening Primrose oil, and Isopropyl Myristate

ExHemplary Life makes several different CBD topicals. They also offer a wide variety of hemp products including hemp soaps. ExHemplary Life was founded by a massage therapist that discovered the benefits of CBD after a health crisis. Their products are made from Colorado hemp.

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Green Garden Gold: Good Day Hemp Oil Salve

  • Highlights: Very slippery & thick, Good Day Hemp Oil Salve from Green Garden Gold is great for coconut oil fans.
  • Price: $34.99
  • Strength: 75mg full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 2 oz jar.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard shipping is available for $4.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Texture & Smell: Good Day Hemp Oil Salve has a thick, oily texture that’s close to raw coconut oil. This CBD topical smells strongly of coconut with vanilla undertones.
  • Ingredients: Organic coconut oil, organic bee’s wax organic natural vanilla, GMP-certified hemp oil

This salve is perfect for people who prefer a thicker CBD topical, including anyone that’s already using coconut oil for massage or skin care. Green Garden Gold is a Texas-based company. Their products are made from organically-grown European industrial hemp.

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Populum: Cold Therapy Hemp Rub

  • Highlights: Cold Therapy Hemp Rub goes to work fast cooling sore muscles thanks to the added menthol. Very light, non-greasy texture.
  • Price: $45.00
  • Strength: 100 mg of full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 3 oz. tube
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free standard shipping is available, with faster options available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Included with every order.
  • Texture & Smell: This rub has a noticeable smell of menthol. Our review team appreciated the light, non-greasy texture of this Cold Therapy Rub.
  • Ingredients: Full-spectrum hemp extract, Water, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, Carbomer, Chamomile extract, Arnica extract, Emu oil, Isopropyl Alcohol, L-menthol, Propylene glycol, Diazolidinyl urea, Methlyparaben, Triethanolamine

Populum’s offers fast, effective cooling. A discount is available if you subscribe to regular shipments of this product. Since it contains menthol, Cold Therapy Hemp Rub should be applied sparingly at first. Populum’s products are made from Colorado hemp.

Some companies provided their products free or at a discount in return for our honest review.

Thanks to Leif Hayman for his assistance.

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Exploring CBD To Treat Chronic Pain And Sports Injuries

After a spinal injury sidelined Adam Kemp’s basketball career, he learned the value of a remarkable natural supplement: CBD oil. Adam explains why CBD is becoming a vital part of sports medicine and many athletes daily routines.

I believe that cannabidiol (CBD) products are not only useful, but vital for athletes.

Having played professional basketball in Europe for the past 4 years, and playing basketball and other sports my entire life, I feel like my story is important for understanding the role of CBD in sports medicine to manage chronic pain, inflammation, and mental stress.

As many people already clearly know, athletes deal with chronic pain, anxiety, and stress daily. Personally, I have been using CBD products for about four months now, and my results have been amazing!

Would you like to learn about why I think cannabidiol is the future of sports medicine? Just read the rest of this article …

WHY DID I BEGIN USING CBD PRODUCTS?

Although I had learned a bit about cannabidiol in the past, I didn’t begin using it myself until October of 2017.

As a professional basketball player, dealing with injuries and pain is a simple occupational hazard.

CBD in sports medicine: CBD can treat injuries from basketball

A basketball player prepares to throw the ball. CBD oil can help ease the inflammation of injuries, chronic pain issues and other health problems associated with sports.

This past September though, I suffered a spinal compression fracture which ended my season pre-maturely. I like to believe that everything happens for a reason though, because if I had not had this injury I might not have ever discovered how beneficial cannabidiol products are for myself and other athletes.

I started using CBD for pain relief as soon as I came back home from Europe (I was playing in Bulgaria).  While I was in Bulgaria, I had been administered a “cycle” of corticosteroid injections for my back, as well as daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. After just a couple of weeks of being treated with this medication regiment, my body was already starting to wear down.

These type of injections and medicines can be effective for reducing pain and inflammation, but the side effects are horrible! The injections made my body sweaty and jittery, and they kept me up all night. The NSAIDs were wearing my stomach and digestive system out by the day, and the pain relief wasn’t even very effective overall.

After trying to survive by using these medications for about a month, I can confidently say I would never want another athlete, or person in general, to have to use this type of “medicine.”

CBD IN SPORTS MEDICINE: RELIEF OF CHRONIC PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

If there was ever an occupation that made you predisposed to dealing with chronic pain and inflammation in the body, professional sports is certainly that.

Cannabidiol is especially important for athletes at this time because 2018 is the first year in which it has been off the World Anti-Doping Agency Banned Substance list. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the standard for drug testing for athletes throughout the world, and having them remove CBD from their banned substance list is a huge step for athletes.

Dealing with chronic pain impacts your quality of life, as well as your ability to perform at your job. For an athlete, CBD is the natural answer to dealing with many challenges that your body is going to face each year.Studies have shown the ability of CBD to reduce inflammation and help treat arthritis, which plagues many athletes as they get older.

Furthermore, there have been widespread anecdotal reports of the anti-inflammatory power of CBD. Inflammation in joints and muscles is the cause of most chronic pain for athletes, which is why using a natural anti-inflammatory product is so effective.

Without even talking about dealing with the stress and anxiety of competing in sports at a high-level, it is clear that CBD is a wonderful product for athletes to use!

HOW DO I USE CBD IN MY OWN LIFE?

Since beginning to use CBD products about four months ago, I have been steadily using different “forms” of CBD and different amounts of CBD per day.

In general, I have developed a routine for CBD use which has allowed me to live happy and (relatively) pain free even with this spinal compression fracture in my back.

Adam Kemp in Detroit

Adam plays basketball in Detroit.

One aspect which is unique about CBD is that every person will need a different dosage of CBD to get the full benefits. The routine that I talk about below works for me but it took me a few months of learning my own body to figure out. Your body could need similar amounts of CBD per day, or it could be totally different!

My routine is to wake up with one CBD capsule, normally ranging from 25mg to 50mg for my first dose of the day.

I drink this first capsule immediately upon waking, and I can begin to feel the pain relief and calming sensation that CBD provides within about 15 to 30 minutes normally. I start every day with this amount of CBD, and a warm cup of tea. If I can tell my back is feeling a bit “creaky” on certain days, I will also put a few drops of a CBD oil tincture in to my morning tea.

Following this, I normally head to do my physical therapy for the day.  I love CBD in the morning before training because I am also a firm believer in the power of intermittent fasting for overall health. Using CBD before intermittent fasting helps me to have some additional natural energy, and it does not “break” my body’s fasted state.

After I am done with my training for the day, I normally only use one more CBD capsule in the evening, a couple hours before I head to bed.

Along with this though, two times during each day my wife will apply a topical CBD relief product on my back, and any other muscles that are particularly sore that day. We both use CBD topicals twice per day, and it is especially effective for the issue with my back.

Although there is no conclusive proof at this time, CBD has been shown to be effective for reversing osteoporosis, and even helping to heal fractures!

Due to this, I have been making sure to use both orally ingestible CBD and CBD topicals.

It has worked wonders for me, and many other people have experienced similar benefits as well.

SHOULD DOCTORS USE CBD IN SPORTS MEDICINE?

Without having conclusive medical proof of the benefits of CBD products, it is obviously difficult to make any bold claims about who should and who shouldn’t use cannabidiol.

However, from my own personal experience, I believe CBD is one of the best medical treatments possible for athletes.

doctors should embrace CBD in sports medicine

A doctor examines an athlete’s ankle. CBD in sports medicine is now a serious option thanks to changes in global drug policy by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

If you would like to learn more about myself and my own journey with CBD, you can check out my website!

This has been a great few months for CBD since it has been officially removed from the WADA Banned Substance List, and the World Health Organization declared it safe for use as well.

I recommend wider use of CBD in sports medicine because it can neutralize inflammation-based issues such as muscle pain and tendonitis, relieve the chronic physical pain that sports can induce, and help athletes to manage stress and anxiety from needing to perform at a prominent level every single day.

There are certainly tons of other benefits of CBD, and as more research comes out it will be great to have a further understanding of how best CBD can be used to help athletes and everyone else.

At this point in time, I still rely on it to manage my ongoing back pain and help me live a pain-free life!

 

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