It seems that CBD is everywhere you look these days, and it seems that everyone, has jumped on the CBD bandwagon. Even where we live I have seen 2 CBD stores pop up in the last few weeks, and I guarantee we are going to see more.
So it’s important to WEED through the facts of CBD.
CBD has a long history, but only over the last decade or so has CBD oil surged in popularity as a prominent player in the health and wellness industry.
In this Blog, we will discuss relative facts about CBD, how it works, and how we can incorporate it into our everyday wellness routine.
IS CBD MARIJUANA?
So let’s dive right in? Do you know what Marijunana is? Do you know what CBD is? Some of you may already know these answers, but let’s go ahead and quickly address the misconceptions.
A common misconception is that CBD only comes from one type of cannabis plant– marijuana. In reality, CBD is found throughout the stalks, flowers, stems, leaves, and seeds of both hemp and marijuana plants.
And although CBD and Marijuana come from the same plant species, known as Cannabis Sativa (or hemp), they are cultivated and used very differently.
Cannabis Sativa has over 100 cannabinoids –the active constituents of cannabis– that scientists have discovered so far.
While researchers have identified many cannabinoids, they have primarily focused their efforts on studying and understanding how CBD and THC influence the body’s systems. Many studies have explored CBD oil effects and CBD oil benefits, as scientists look to learn more about potential CBD hemp oil uses, these are found on websites such as cannabis-med.org
What distinguishes hemp from marijuana are these two cannabinoids.
Hemp mainly comprises CBD, and marijuana has a higher concentration of THC. Both these plants are cousins, and a sub species from Cannabis.
Long story short…first go to leafy.com, where a neurologist and a chemist are cited in an article discussing which cannabis sub species has more THC and CBD?
They cut through all the misunderstanding around the words cannabis, marijuana etc. In their opinion they say to look at the benefits that you are seeking instead of a specific species or strain of a plant.
It is unfortunate, but this plant used to be a cash crop across the world for multiple products items such as rope, paper, boat sails and jeans, but it became illegal in many places. This was mainly due to special interests lobbying political bodies.
The resulting culture only highlights the more negative effects associated with these plants. This led to secretive farming and plant hybridizing for recreational purposes. In turn, we have misused terminology and have a misunderstanding of what plants we’re actually dealing with.
THE CANNABINOID DIFFERENCE
Now, let’s discuss the differences between CBD and THC a little further…
THC is the most known of the cannabinoids for its ability to get us “high,” while CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid most often associated with making us feel relaxed, mellow, and for its ability to relieve discomfort.
CBD delivers mental and physical benefits without the added risk of paranoia, getting the munchies, or losing all motivation.
CBD is legal in all 50 states because of the 2018 farm bill, where THC is only permitted in 4.
Hemp is cultivated for many other uses besides CBD, like textiles, animal feed, fuel, and more. Marijuana on the other hand is specifically grown for high THC levels as a recreational or medicinal drug.
CBD brings balance to the body with virtually no sides effects, but THC can be addictive and very unpredictable in the body because everyone’s body chemistry is different.
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
What makes CBD from hemp unique is its therapeutic properties that interact with the endocannabinoid system.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in the 1990s and helps maintain balance in our body by regulating processes such as appetite, pain, mood, memory, our peripheral nervous system and more. It is a network of cells throughout our body that have receptors for CBD. Generally referred to as CB1 and CB2, but there are more.
There are more receptors for CBD in our body than any other kind of receptor. They are found throughout the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands, and immune cells. Basically everywhere!
It was also discovered that we can also make our own cannabinoids such Anandamide 2-AG.
For example, anandamide is a cannabinoid that we create when we’re meditating; often referred to as the bliss molecule.
In addition, mothers release the cannabinoid called 2-AG in their milk when a child is breastfeeding, creating a sense of contentment and calm in a nursing child that we refer to as the “milk coma.”
You know that point when you’re running, and suddenly, you’re in bliss, you break through a wall, and now you feel fantastic? It’s called the Runner’s High, and these two cannabinoids are responsible for that sensation. And believe it or not, in junior high on the track team I experienced this feeling. And now I have a better understanding of the science.
Besides the calming and euphoric effects of cannabinoids they can also positively influence the central nervous system, the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, hormone balance, metabolism, and the health of connective tissue and bone. Remember, all systems in the body are interconnected, and that includes our endocannabinoid system.
To keep it simple, a short and sweet definition for endocannabinoid is: cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside us.
Our bodies are naturally designed to interact with CBD and other naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds throughout the body.
WHAT IS HOMEOSTASIS?
Look at this slide, our body is like a mobile – a kinetic sculpture constructed of body systems that balance each other through pivot points to achieve equilibrium or homeostasis.
Poor diet choices, pharmaceutical use, stress, lack of sleep, toxic exposure, and negative emotions can act as weights on the mobile. This upsets the balance of the related body systems.
To reach homeostasis, the body attempts to counterbalance the systems that are under stress. This is where CBD can help!
CBD binds to these pivot points, known as Endocannabinoid Receptors (CB1 and CB2), to naturally restore balance in the body.
Most people buying CBD oil have been TOLD to look for a Full-Spectrum product for the best possible benefits for your body.
These products contain the “whole-plant”…everything! That means they contain CBD as well as flavonoids, the natural fatty acids found in hemp, terpenes and other cannabinoids such as trace amounts of THC. All these naturally-occurring elements create something called the “entourage effect.” This is the effect of cannabinoids and terpenes working together in perfect synergy.
BUT, hemp is a phytoremediator, which means it cleans the soil by pulling impurities into the plant. It’s a big sponge. That means soil contaminated with toxins like lead, mercury, pesticides, or fertilizers can accumulate in hemp. You don’t want that in your system!
To drive the point home, check out the story from CNN regarding a sheep farmer in Italy that had to slaughter his entire flock.
His land was contaminated due to run off containing dioxin from a nearby steel mill, which is a highly toxic environmental pollutant that effects animals and humans.
As a solution the farmer planted hemp to clean up his land. Now, take a minute and think what the result would be if he decided to make a profit and sell on that hemp? Would you want to buy it?
The sheep were tested and high toxin levels were found in their meat and could NOT be sold for human consumption. But the same regulations are NOT in place in the CBD industry.
This illustrates the importance of knowing your source! I cannot stress this enough!
Well let’s face it, the CBD industry is fairly new and many of the upstart companies are run by those who were originally doing it illegally, and cutting corners for personal gain! That means many brands may not be what they say they are. They may contain synthetics, they may have illegal levels of THC and they may have contaminants, either synthetic or natural.
Remember, we just spoke about homeostasis. If you get a low quality or possibly contaminated CBD oil, and don’t be fooled by an organic label, is that really going to help balance your body?
CBD FROM NATURE’S ULTRA
So, not all CBD is created equal. They are not all produced to the same standards.
Nature’s Ultra is unlike any other CBD on the market today. Not only is it 100% THC-free CBD derived from organically-grown hemp, but it is also grown and processed in the USA. Nature’s Ultra is also gluten-free, and rigorously tested to ensure it does not contain any harmful ingredients.
You can see the proof by scanning the QR code on every product label!
Because of Nature’s Ultra commitment to quality, it is the only CBD on the market to receive the prestigious Seed to Seal® guarantee from Young Living™.
SEED TO SEAL® CERTIFIED
As the world leader in essential oils, Young Living™ does not compromise on quality. Seed to Seal and its three pillars—Sourcing, Science, and Standards—is their commitment to unmatched quality. Young Living™ provides the highest-quality essential oils in the world, and Nature’s Ultra CBD can benefit from their rigorous standards in two ways:
- Nature’s Ultra exclusively infuses their CBD products with Seed to Seal-quality essential oils from Young Living Essential Oils™.
- To infuse Nature’s Ultra CBD products with Young Living™ essential oils, they are required to meet the Seed to Seal quality commitment with their CBD products as well.
Check out seedtoseal.com for more details.
In efforts to make a CBD product safe while providing the highest effectiveness, Nature’s Ultra and Young Living™ joined forces to develop a one-of-a-kind CBD product, known as Smart Spectrum™.
There are two main types of CBD available on the market; full-spectrum and isolate. Knowing the difference between the two kinds of CBD is essential to understanding the value of Nature’s Ultra Smart Spectrum™ CBD.
As mentioned earlier, Full Spectrum CBD contains everything from the plant, including the THC, which can lead to failed random drug tests.
On the other handCBD Isolate is typically the CBD product of choice for those who are sensitive to other cannabinoids such as THC. Isolates are just that – CBD isolated from all other cannabinoids. During the CBD isolate extraction process, everything contained in the plant matter is removed, including any traces of THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll and more. What’s left is 99+% pure CBD. When choosing an isolate, it’s imperative to verify purity. There are lower purity options that may still have trace amounts that will show up in a lab test.
Then there is Smart Spectrum™ from Nature’s Ultra and Young Living is organic-grown cannabis (from hemp), extracted using a proprietary CO2 extraction method. This green-friendly extraction with 0.00% THC.
The pure CBD isolate is paired with powerful Young Living™ therapeutic-grade essential oils, high in terpenes, to create a smart-spectrum CBD with enhanced synergistic effects on the body with zero risks. This CBD is truly one-of-a-kind!
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
We’ve mentioned terpenes a couple of times now. Terpenes are the good-for-you plant compounds that can boost your overall health.
If you’ve ever caught a whiff of citrus, lavender, or peppermint, you’ve smelled terpenes at work. Terpenes are fragrant molecules that give plants, flowers, and trees their wide range of scents, from earthy and floral to citrusy. And it turns out they’re also good for your health!
Inhaling the scent of certain plant terpenes have been associated with a boost in emotional well-being. The sweet, floral scent of the terpene linalool, for instance, found in lavender, has a calming, soothing effect. Limonene, a terpene found in citrus fruits and peppermint, has a mood-elevating impact, while pinene, found in sage and conifers has been shown to aid in alertness and memory retention. The terpene beta-caryophyllene found in basil, oregano, black pepper, and cannabis has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain-relieving benefits.
Terpenes work with our endocannabinoid system to significantly influence our body’s ability to maintain homeostasis without producing adverse side effects.
Like cannabis, essential oils are full of beneficial terpenes that can be added to CBD isolate to magnify its ability to balance the mind and body.
NATURE’S ULTRA PRODUCTS
Let’s quickly cover the differences between each product, along with application and safety tips.
Nature’s Ultra currently has droppers in 3 distinct aromas – Cool Mint, Cinnamon, and Citrus.
When deciding which flavor to choose, look up in your essential oil desk references, the use and benefits of each of the essential oils included.
NATURE’S ULTRA COOL MINT
For example, Cool Mint contains the essential oils of Peppermint and Spearmint.
I don’t know about you, but at convention my wife took the higher concentration of this one and fairly quickly was out like a light.
She now take the lower concentration. She sleeps soundly and also has had significantly less knee trouble since using this CBD oil.
NATURE’S ULTRA CINNAMON
This one contains Cinnamon Essential oil. I personally use this one daily combined with a low carb diet and my blood sugar levels are the lowest they’ve been in a long time.
NATURE’S ULTRA CITRUS
The Citrus flavor contains grapefruit and orange essential oils, which are great for energy and focus. But again, look up the constituents of these oils for their full benefits.
NATURE’S ULTRA MUSCLE RUB
Are your muscles feeling overworked? Try some CBD Muscle Rub!
This is the only product that isn’t fully vegan friendly as it contains beeswax. Other ingredients include the oils of Camphor, Tea Tree, Lemon, Peppermint, Clove, Wormwood, Wintergreen and Helichrysum.
A couple of weeks back my wife Katherine had a build up of tension in her neck and shoulders, which she could feel was going to her head. I rubbed in a small amount and within a minute or two she felt major relief. She was quite shocked how well it work. This is definitely one we don’t want to run out of, and would be great for after a hard work out in the gym. As with our essential oils, a little goes a long way.
NATURE’S ULTRA CALM ROLL-ON
Wind down with this calming roll-on! Perfect for on the go, on your desk, or in the car. Roll on your pulse points to create a peaceful environment that will help you relax and quiet your mind.
It contains essential oils such as lavender, vetiver, eucalyptus globulus, frankincense, orange and ylang ylang.
My mom used this one and couldn’t believe the results she had. She called me a couple of days later saying it was the best sleep she’s had in years. And she struggles to sleep.
NATURE’S ULTRA FOR PETS
Did you know that your dogs, cats, and horses also have an Endocannabinoid system?
A growing number of pet owners are discovering how adding CBD oil to their pets’ diets can be a natural alternative to promote well-being in their pets.
CBD’s support of the endocannabinoid system has shown to promote pets’ cardiovascular function, support healthy joints, and promote neurological health and emotional behavior.
Nature’s Ultra Pet CBD is unflavored. It contains no gluten, fillers, harmful chemicals, fragrances, or flavorings. It is cruelty-free and perfectly safe for your fuzzy friends! Remember THC is harmful to pets!
If you don’t want stevia in your CBD oil this is all a great option for humans. You can even add in the essential oils of your choice to include the terpenes that you want.
There are also great facebook groups bursting with testimonials regarding these CBD products. It’s amazing the various ways they have been helping people.
CONCENTRATION AND APPLICATION
When using CBD for the first time, just like essential oils, start slow.
To help, please refer to this slide for Nature’s Ultra concentrations and dosages.
For the three dropper flavors, there are dosage measurements on the glass dropper inside the lid for easy application.
Currently, to maintain FDA compliance during the acquisition of Nature’s Ultra by Young Living, these droppers are labeled for topical use. We are currently still in a 90-day review period for these labels to be changed.
But, consider this, Nature’s Ultra contains stevia…use this product the way you feel is best for you.
Please also note that sublingual usage is not considered internal use as it bypasses the digestive system. This is how we use the droppers in our household, and they all taste really good.
GETTING STARTED WITH CBD
After an extensive search for a company producing CBD oils at standards that are acceptable to Young Living, Nature’s Ultra was chosen. They were acquired earlier this year. What does that mean for us as Young Living members, or future members?
We can receive up to a 15% discount off all Nature’s Ultra products by quickly linking each of our Young Living accounts to Nature’s Ultra’s website.
In your virtual office, simply login and click on Quick Order. Directly under Quick Order will be a link for Nature’s Ultra CBD. Click the link and follow the instructions. You can then start shopping on Nature’s Ultra products with your discount and free shipping!
If you are not a Young Living™ member yet, you can start saving up to 15% on all Nature’s Ultra CBD and up to 49% on Young Living™ essential oil products by becoming a member today.
Please contact us to learn how to become a member today with a starter kit of your choice!
For more detailed information, please check out these other popular resources to learn more about CBD and what it can do for you!
We have them both. Dr Oli’s book contains over 890 scientific references and is very detailed.
On the other hand Codie’s book is a much quicker read but still covers the key points.
Thank you for joining us for this quick introduction to CBD, and its benefits. I hope you walk away with some new-found knowledge and excitement for adding CBD to your daily wellness routine. And we’re always here to support you.