CBD is the buzzword right now in alternative health circles, and though interesting, many people have looked at it for a couple of years and thought ‘Oh it’s a fad, do we really need it?’ However, the field is growing rapidly, and a number of companies have been licensed by the Department of Agriculture to growing plants for kids with epilepsy. Once the farm bill passed in 2018, companies like NuLeaf Naturals have expanded their product lines and sell CBD directly to consumers and retail outlets.
NuLeaf Naurals understood that getting into the business means helping kids with epilepsy as well as regular people suffering from any number of conditions. Though CBD is now being sold by a number of outlets, you have to be very careful where you purchase it because you are probably not going to have the best outcome if you’re not getting it from a good provider. You really want to make sure that there are testimonials and social proof to back it up, that it really will give results and you’re getting quality ingredients.
The ideal CBD oil is produced by growing everything indoors hydroponically, moving it from a nursery to a vegetation room, then clipping the stems to clone the plants again. This way you get consistent quality over a long period of time, since the oil is produced via the same strain of plant. You want to make sure the suppliers never use pesticides, so it is very important that you know where your oils are coming from and how its produced. We have yet to achieve 100% transparency in this industry, and despite good retailers like NuLeaf Naturals, not everyone tests all of their oils twice. First of all after they extract the oil, they should get a third party lab to do the testing and then they should test it again in order to reformulate the products and make sure that the dosages are correct and they align with what is on the packaging.
So the most important thing for people buying CBD oil is to do their due diligence and research on the company before purchasing. You don’t really want to deal with a brand who bypassed the testing phase.
A number of CBD oil consumers will use it before they go to work out because they feel like they can stretch a little bit easier. Then of course after workout it just makes them be able to move a little bit easier, which is really important as you hit your 40’s and start dealing with aches and pains.
Is CBD a panacea? Who knows. Some claim that it can cure almost any ailment, but this is more fiction than fact. In a recent article by Harvard, Peter Grinspoon MD, stated “Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.” So if you’re new to oils, the best advice is to manage expectations, get to know the brand first, start small and build your way up to figure out what dosages and applications are right for your condition, and speak with your doctor about possible side effects first.