CBD has gone Mainstream
CBD has now joined fitness, sports, and diet as part of a daily lifestyle for optimal health. Since 2015, the CBD market has been growing larger by the day and CBD is showing up everywhere!
CBD oil is being used for any number of ailments, including lessening everyday aches and pains, easing anxiety and depression, and reducing the severity of symptoms associated with osteopenia, osteoporosis, diabetes, epilepsy, insomnia, fibromyalgia, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. It also acts as an anti-convulsant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidating agent to ease neuropathic pain and aids in reducing symptoms of Crohn’s disease. In a study from The European Journal of Pain, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin was shown to lower chronic pain and inflammation due to arthritis. CBD is not just good for those of us reading this article, it is also good for our dogs and cats, who also want to continue chasing the tennis ball or jumping on the bed.
CBD oil’s broad range of benefits, success stories and stamp of approval from the medical industry have turned its image from marginal to mainstream. Because of this, CBD is showing up in all kinds of retail stores, from pharmacies, grocery stores, gyms, golf pro shops, day spas, and massage therapy chains.
Furthermore, after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed hemp-derived CBD from its list of prohibited substances in 2018, many elite and professional athletes have rushed to include it in their training table to give them a competitive edge.
Because CBD is used to help with pain, training recovery, sleep, and calming nerves, it’s a natural and green choice and can also be used as a training aid to speed muscle recovery and ease muscle aches from daily workouts.
In life, as in sports, we must recover well to play well!
What is CBD oil and what does CBD stand for?
CBD short for Cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant and is the most well-known cannabinoid, second to THC. It is important to note that CBD and THC are only two (2) of more than 100 different cannabinoids present in both marijuana and full spectrum hemp based products (i.e. CBGA; CBDA; CBCA; CBGVA; CBDVA; and CBCVA to name just a few) found in the cannabis plant. It is also important to note that CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana.
However, the cannabinoid responsible for giving users a high is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is more prevalent in marijuana, and not in hemp.
In addition to the 100 plus cannabinoids, the hemp plant’s resin glands also produce important healing terpenes, which give it its distinct smell and flavor, and also influence the plants cannabinoids and how it works in your brain and body.
It is important to remember that Texas legal full spectrum, hemp derived CBD products do not cause the euphoric high associated with marijuana because they are required to have less than 0.3 percent THC. Basically, CBD is weed’s sober cousin! As a matter of fact, full spectrum hemp derived CBD is the non-intoxicating alternative to marijuana with most all of the same health and therapeutic benefits.
Mother nature puts her medicine in the plants . What’s Good for People is Good for Pets!
Most notably, full spectrum hemp derived CBD it is said to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, immunosuppressive, and neuro-protectant properties, making it a viable, daily, natural plant-based product for many human and pet wellness issues. Hemp-derived CBD oil, is now readily available in salves, lotions, beauty supplies, pet treats and so much more.
All in all, CBD is beneficial for most of the same ailments in humans as it is with their mammalian friends.
Another surprise with CBD, is that salves and topicals are anti-microbial and may also help with acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Many people suffering from psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and eczema are experiencing positive results with topical hemp products. CBD’s anti-oxidant properties also protect the skin’s collagen and elastin against damage from the sun and free radicals and is therefore often credited with anti-aging properties.
Additionally, CBD soothes cracked paws, promotes healthy skin and coat, and eases arthritis in our furry friends too! As you can see, CBD oil offers benefits that spread far and wide. Full spectrum (whole plant) hemp-derived CBD gets people and their pets healthy, not high, thus making it a viable product for human and pets medical and wellness issues.
CBD Quality matters – Know where it’s grown. Look for full spectrum!
When purchasing CBD products where and how the product was grown and processed needs to be carefully considered. It is important to know your products were not grown in soils that have lead, arsenic, mercury and other environmental pollutants and toxins.
Even the air quality surrounding the hemp farm matters! Since hemp is a hyper-accumulator plant, it takes in elements from all sources including air, water and soil. As a hyper-accumulator, hemp can grow in soil or water with very high concentrations of metals, absorbing these metals through their roots, and concentrating extremely high levels of metals in their tissues.
Because of this, when you purchase hemp derived CBD products, it’s important to know where the hemp came from, considering you may be consuming toxins that the hemp plant accumulated from the ground, water and air. This is especially applicable when hemp is concentrated into oil or products like CBD.
And as a result, CBD concentrates can ultimately contain more toxins than the plant itself.
When evaluating a full-spectrum hemp-derived product, also make sure it is processed in an FDA-registered facility and utilizes third-party-verified good manufacturing practices. This is because until recently, it has been illegal to grow hemp it in the U.S. and a lot of hemp is still purchased from overseas, in China and Eastern Europe for example where environmental pollutants abound. Look for American-grown, full-spectrum hemp-derived products that have a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) provided by the manufacturer.
In short, always buy from a trusted American source!
Whole Plant Medicine – The Entourage Effect – You get what you pay for.
Whole plant medicine refers to using all of the phytocannabiniods, not just the isolated parts of the plant for use in the final product. This means not isolating some of the hemp plant elements from the rest of the plant. Products that contain as many cannabinoids and phytochemicals as possible are called full plant extracts, also known as whole plant medicine.
Also make sure your products are full spectrum which means they encompass the whole plant and are capable of providing the “entourage effect,” which denotes the synergy between all of the cannabis compounds: terpenes, chlorophyll, proteins, enzymes, alkaloids, and flavonoids that magnify the therapeutic benefits in the brain and body. These naturally occurring compounds work together to produce the very important and necessary “entourage effect”. A lot of CBD-labeled products are not full spectrum and therefore not whole-plant-based. For example, CBD “isolate” products that are commonly sold are usually inexpensive, are not full spectrum and do not provide whole-plant medicine. CBD full-spectrum, entourage effect capable cannabis extracts are more effective for you and your pet’s wellness.
Dosage – start low and go slow – there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Regarding dosage, always consult with a healthcare professional or your veterinarian who has knowledge and experience working with CBD, as well as, the endocannabinoid system, anatomy, physiology and human or pet health applications. The biggest question these days is where do you buy it and/or who do you buy it from?
One important thing to know is that hemp-derived CBD responses vary from person to person, age to age and animal to animal, some may need a dose four times a day, once a day, or every other day — always start with a low dose and increase slowly until you identify the level that provides relief for you or your pet. Additionally, dosage levels vary greatly in children, adults, the elderly, from male to female and will also vary greatly among pets.
Know The Five W’s of Purchasing CBD
Remember if you buy anywhere in the USA currently no government agency or any other type of organization will protect you.
The CBD market right now is in the wild, wild, west stage so know the five W’s when you purchase: Who grew it, Where was it grown, When was it grown, and finally Why and What am I using CBD for.
All in all, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, so always seek an experienced CBD professional’s guidance.
At this point in time, while many of CBD’s claims are considered anecdotal, it doesn’t mean they aren’t true. The consensus is that CBD is potentially better for our bodies than taking chemically designed pills or rubbing chemically designed lotions on the body.
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Sarah Scott’s Hemp History
Looking for a daily natural, healthy, plant-based alternative to traditional medicines for her mother, personal training, post-surgical clients, and Billy her epileptic puppy, she founded Austin-based Hemp Doctors USA in 2014, which sells farm-to-table American-grown natural oils, tinctures and salves for people, dogs, cats and horses.
Ms. Scott is also the founder of the original Austin, Texas based Ironsmith–The Fitness Doctors established in 1989, one of the city and nation’s first personal-training gym corporations and one of the most successful groups of personal training, sports training and post-surgical medical exercise facilities in Austin. She has spent the past 30 years working as a trainer, coach, and visiting professor and consultant for numerous colleges, professional athletes, sports teams with an additional focus on disease management, cancer recovery, traumatic brain injury post rehabilitation, and post-surgical exercise.
Her years as an allied health and sport care professional greatly influenced the creation of Hemp Doctors USA. Her keen understanding of the human endocannabinoid system, how CBD works, coupled with her knowledge of sports medicine, kinesiology and human physiology, underscores her expert know-how for CBD human-health applications.
“Mother Nature is at the heart of all our products! Cellular health is the backbone of fitness and bringing trusted CBD products to people and their pets has been a journey of the heart and soul for me! My daily mission is to create a healthier world for people, pets and the planet. Sarah Scott ~ Founder
Sarah Elizabeth Scott, The Texas Hempress, CBD Expert, Consultant, is a Medical Exercise & Fitness Coach who founded Hemp Doctors USA, one of the first Texas based, full spectrum hemp derived CBD companies selling American grown products, in 2014. Hemp Doctors USA is one of the first to incorporate in Austin and in Texas.
Hemp Doctors USA is celebrating its fifth year selling farm-to-table American-grown CBD oils, capsules and salves for people, dogs, cats and horses. Also the founder of another Austin, Texas original, IronSmith – The Fitness Doctors, one of the nation’s first personal-training gym corporations in 1989. Sarah Scott has spent 30 years working as a trainer, coach, collegiate and professional athletic consultant, and allied healthcare practitioner.
Connect with Sarah E. Scott on Facebook, or Instagram at TexasHempress, HempDoctorsUSA, and CBDAskTheExpert. For more information, visit HempDoctorsUSA.com.
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